Pat Hall wrote: ...is there something else going on here - perhaps the language policies of Nigeria have led to the education system favouring English? In response to Pat, Europeans carved up Africa without seriously integrating the polarizational issue of tribe and hence culture. Let us not
Regarding intermediaries, and the use of written English amongst Yoruba speaking people, Pat Hall asked me to explain more about the situation in Oke-Ogun: Pam, is there something else going on here - perhaps the language policies of Nigeria have led to the education system favouring English?
Pat Hall's questions for Pam McLean open up a whole range of issues regarding the intersection of sociolinguistics, and language and education policies with ICT policy that are pertinent to the discussion but probably need to be explored in depth elsewhere. I'll let Pam reply on the particular
I read Raphael Marambii's post with interest, in particular: Although cryptography is complicated, we should not under-estimate the intelligence of people to quickly grasp the basic concepts (snip) It would be great fun and very empowering to teach villagers about ciphers and the art of
On the issue of intermediaries, while acknowledging the very valid concerns pointed out by Don Osborne, I'd just like to add that some work has been done to try and get around some of these problems. The voices in their hands project by a Philips Researcher, Paul Rankin
Regarding the messages of Herman Wasserman and Cliff Missen, this is interesting but there is a danger I think in any strategy that seeks to rely on intermediaries. Cliff uses the word griot but in fact it may be more like marabout or priest (although these latter analogies are not perfect either)