Cross-Cutting Themes

Joint EGR and TD CoP meeting highlights 20190522

Multilingualism is a critical part of South Africa’s diverse social fabric. This reality is enshrined in section 29 (2) of the Constitution which maintains that everyone has the right to receive education in the official language or languages of their choice in public education institutions where that education is reasonably practicable. Through this right, learners’ diversity and individuality are recognised, and the important goal of unlocking their potential fully realised. However, English – and in some contexts Afrikaans – remain the dominant modes of teaching, learning and business in this country. The questions of what multilingualism really means, how it can be realised, and how it might be celebrated as a resource rather than a problem formed the topics of discussion at BRIDGE’s Joint Early Grade Reading (EGR) and Teacher Development (TD) Community of Practice (CoP) held on the 22 May 2019.