CONTRIBUTIONS OF MOTHER TONGUE EDUCATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

  • Abidogun, Babajide Gboyega Early Childhood Education Unit Department Of Educational Foundations And Counseling Psychology Faculty Of Education Lagos State University, Ojo Nigeria Department Of Early Childhood Education Faculty Of Education University Of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Adebule, Oluranti Idiat Department Of Languages Arts And Social Science Education Faculty Of Education Lagos State University, Ojo

Abstract

Early Childhood Education is very essential in a child’s life hence the recent focus on it across the globe. It is that education that provides for children whose age bracket is from 0 to 8 years. To demonstrate the significance of Mother Tongue education in Early childhood development, February 21-22 of every year is set aside as the International Mother Tongue Day globally. The declaration by UNESCO in 1999 further emphasized the relationship between the two concepts. This paper examines the contributions of Mother Tongue Education in Early Childhood. Issues raised will be discussed under the following six subdivisions: background of language situation in Nigeria; policy document on language in Nigeria; language theories and development; problem statement and rationale; success and failures of MT in countries and suggestions on the way forward.

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Published
2013-07-12
How to Cite
Gboyega, A. B., & Idiat, A. O. (2013). CONTRIBUTIONS OF MOTHER TONGUE EDUCATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 9(19). https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2013.v9n19p%p