Preventing Cultural Genocide with the Mother Tongue Policy in Eritrea

by Thomas C. Mountain “Many of the languages that remain are threatened because the children of these ethnic groups are not literate in their mother tongue.” The small east African nation of Eritrea has implemented the Mother Tongue policy nationwide to prevent cultural genocide within its nine different ethnic groups. This is done by educating all children in tribal environments in their mother tongue until literacy at grade 5. By making sure that the ethnic minorities learn to read and write in their mother tongue the Eritrean Government is making…

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