SIL International Media Release
Educational policy conference: Three papers
(September 2009) An SIL specialist in language and education has convened a themed section at a biennial conference on education and development in Oxford, UK. SIL educators are presenting three papers. The UK Forum on International Education and Training is holding its meeting 15–17 September at New College and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
More than 400 conferees from all over the world include policy makers, administrators, teachers, civil society representatives and researchers from all spheres of education and training.
Politics, Policies and Progress is the theme of this year’s conference on education and development. The influence of politics on policy, whether at local, national or international levels, has far-reaching implications for educational development. Globalization, international aid, the knowledge economy and the marketing of education are well-recognized terms to describe complex processes that exert powerful and often competing pressures on education systems.
Barbara Trudell, Director of Academic Affairs, SIL Africa Area, was invited to convene one of 16 themed sections, Civil Society and Grassroots Engagement with Policy and Progress in Education and Development. This themed section explores various aspects of civil society and grassroots action in education and development, and its impact on local and national policy-making. Well-known in the area of education and development, Trudell solicited and organized nine papers on the theme.
Trudell and a colleague, Jennifer Jones, are presenting papers in that themed section. A third SIL educator, Agatha J. Van Ginkel, is presenting her paper in a themed section titled The Politics of Inclusion through Learning and Education.
- Barbara Trudell, SIL Africa Area: "Language, culture, development and politics: Dimensions of local agency in language development in Africa"
- Jennifer Jones, SIL International and University of Auckland, New Zealand: "The effect of local perspectives and national and global influences on the implementation of the Kenyan language-in-education policy in the Sabaot language group"
- Agatha. J. Van Ginkel, SIL Africa Area: "Inclusive education through an inclusive language policy: Lessons learnt from Africa"
Related links of interest
- Official conference Web site
- SIL and Millennium Development Goals
- SIL's work in literacy and education
- Multilingual education in SIL
- Language development in Africa (SIL's 2008 annual report)
- National language policy conference (July 2008 media release)
- SIL participates in language policy symposium (April 2009 media release)
- SIL plenary speaker at SEAMEO council conference (April 2009 media release)
- Bamako International Forum on Multilingualism (January 2009 media release)
- Mother-tongue literacy in SIL