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Africa's future is in its peoples: the role of education 
Doris Löhr (Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth)
Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju (University of Ilorin)
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Comfort Beyang Oben Ojongnkpot (University of Buea- Cameroon)
Bert van Pinxteren (Leiden University)
Economy and Development (x) Inequality (y)
Philosophikum, S75
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Can Africa expand its education systems sufficiently using current medium of instruction policies? This panel considers the future of higher education in Africa, especially in relation to medium of instruction policies.

Long Abstract:

Bourdieu and Passeron (1979) have already pointed out how unequal access to education reproduces existing inequalities in societies and partly legitimizes them. In many countries in Africa, access to education is currently very unequal: there are both regional and class differences. In Africa, these inequalities are typically deepened by class-mediated differences in how well parents manage to give their children linguistic skills in the former colonial languages. Expansion of educational opportunities in line with the SDG goal of 'Access for All' is often considered key to the future of the continent. But can Africa expand its education systems sufficiently using current medium of instruction policies? This is a question that authors have recently raised with new urgency (see, for example, Oloruntoba-Oju, Van Pinxteren, Schmied, 2022). They have pointed out that although access to secondary and higher education has expanded dramatically in Africa over the past decades, both the levels of participation and the quality of education offered are still (far) below what is common in the global North. Furthermore, current educational offers are sometimes not well matched with labour market requirements. This is partly related to current medium of instruction policies. This panel will consider the future of (higher) education in Africa, especially looking at the relationship between access to higher education and the issue of medium of instruction. Papers on this topic are invited from all parts of the Continent.

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -