Language is a key facet of heritage. The unique contribution that language makes in terms of world knowledge and self-determination has long been recognized. Language also plays a central role in access to opportunities and information. Therefore, policies which determine language use have the potential to greatly impact not only people’s sense of self and personhood but also access to resources. Our project examines ways in which multilingual practices can be harnessed to enhance experiences of education in three sub-Saharan African contexts: Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania. In these countries the presence of multilingual ecologies is widespread,yet, they all have mandated broadly monolingual approaches to education (albeit with different combinations of languages). The study explores the ways in which pedagogies that more closely reflect learners’ heritage can bridge the gap between multilingual communities and the often-monolingual classroom, thereby contributing to sustainable development, through strengthening and enhancing access to education

Bringing the outside in: Merging local language practices to enhance classroom learning and achievement is funded by the British Academy/Global Challenges Research Fund.

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