2.3 billion people are missing out on learning
Graph of the week: As much as 40% of the world’s population (or 2.3 billion people) don’t have access to education in a language they speak or understand.
February 24, 2017 by GPE Secretariat
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Students in an outdoor classroom at the Muzu primary school. Malawi Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud

As much as 40% of the world’s population* don’t have access to education in a language they speak or understand. That’s equivalent to 2.3 billion people.

We have learned this week that it can be difficult to integrate mother tongues in the education system of African countries that have many different native languages, and sometimes no teachers or textbooks to teach in these languages.

Civil society organizations are pushing hard for this to change, by advocating for policy reform, organizing community engagement, and ensuring that agreed changes are actually implemented.

At GPE, we are proud to support partner countries that place mother tongue instruction high on their agenda, like in Madagascar, Rwanda and Zambia.

*  Source: Walter, Stephen & Benson, Carol (2012) Language policy and medium of instruction in formal education. In Spolsky, Bernard (ed) The Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy, 278-300. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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This is not to disparage anyone or self - promote but the heading of this post struck me as odd. '... the population don't ....' is grammatically incorrect. 'Population' the noun is singular and used in a phrase / sentence is not the same as 'people' notwithstanding the number. Just a thought since this is about language.

In reply to by ESMK

Thanks for your comment. The subject of the verb in this case is 40%, which is plural, hence "don't" instead of "doesn't.

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