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Bilingual education could improve education outcomes in one of the world’s poorest nations.
In one of the world’s poorest countries, a model of bilingual education is emerging that could have a substantial effect on the nation. Landlocked, subSaharan Burkina Faso has battled high illiteracy and high dropout rates since gaining independence from France in 1960. Scholars say the problem stems from the lack of culturally appropriate education, and some have suggested bilingual education as part of a solution. To that extent, the Burkinabe government and local nongovernmental organizations have started a program, Bilingual Indigenous Community Education, which aims to instruct students in both their native tongue and the country’s French national language.
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Brion, Corinne, "Two Languages Are Better Than One" (2014). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 246.