Christopher Stroud vid sitt skrivbord. Foto: Samkelo Mabija
Christopher Stroud. Photo: Samkelo Mabija

Breaking generational cycles of poverty, inequity and lack of agency in vulnerable populations in the geopolitical South requires an approach that recognizes the persistence of coloniality in the postcolony and the need to rupture of circuits of colonial transmission. Language and multilingualism are at the nexus of vulnerability, and subsequently comprise sites for the reproduction of disadvantage and its remedy.

The project seeks to develop and theorize an advocacy program for community involvement in MTBBE provisions. It will mobilize stakeholder (parents, teachers, local educational functionaries) praxes around a construct of linguistic/multilingual citizenship by (a) exploring the principles and practices used around childcentered, community-driven language education activities; (b) attending to how enhancing voice and participation of stakehlders in language educational contexts may find amplification in democratic value and agency across other sectors of society; (c) investigate how findings from (a) and (b) can be imported into policy.

The project will comprise 4 work packages over 3 years. The general methodoglogical approach taken is linguistic ethnography and interactional sociolinguistics, and the principle design is cooperative ethnographic monitoring that opens for a critical engagement of stakeholders in program design and delivery.

The project will contribute to multilingualism as a strategic component for participatory redress of vulnerabilities.

Karta Södra Afrika med Mozambique
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Facts about the project

Project name. Educational Pathways to Multilingual Citizenship: The case of Mozambique (Utbildningsvägar till flerspråkigt medborgarskap: Fallet Mozambique).

Project leader: Professor Christopher Stroud (Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism).

Project participant: Associate Professor Feliciano Chimbutane (Department of Linguistics and Literature, Eduardo Mondlane University).

Project period: 2020–2022

Grant: 4,152,818 SEK

Financier: The Swedish Research Council (VR)