The Influence of American Foundations on Universities in Africa. Towards an Anglicized World?

In the context of higher education, the primary language of instruction—the language that is used in class and to conduct research—is an important but complex factor. In many countries, the language of instruction varies between the primary, secondary, and university levels. Unsurprisingly, American foundations investing in higher education on the African continent target institutions where English is the primary language of instruction. English is the primary language of instruction at more than 90% of the institutions of higher education that have received grants from American foundations; the equivalent figures for French and for Arabic are 4% and 3%, respectively. I was thrilled to present on this issue during the Comparative and International Education Society’s annual conference in San Francisco in a panel chaired by legendary scholar, Robert Arnove.

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The Evolution of Education Financing in Africa

On April 9, I took part in a panel discussion on the evolution of education financing in Africa at Teachers College, Columbia University. The conference, which was organized by The Center for African Education, in collaboration with NORRAG, Tri-State Area Africa Funders, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, explored how new funding mechanisms and philanthropy can compensate for funding gaps and support most vulnerable students in equitable ways.

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Salon du Livre Paris

Salon du Livre Paris, one of the largest book expo in the world, provided a great venue for my book, Partenaires inégaux, and opened new opportunities for the upcoming translations of The Bilingual Revolution and The Gift of Languages. As an author, it is always rewarding to see one’s books’ journey through book fairs and events. Our books live a life of their own. It’s also exciting to see a growing interest for books like mine which provide fresh perspective on important topics such as the rise of dual-language education, and the role of philanthropy on higher education.

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[FR] Les filières bilingues francophones aux États-Unis

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Carte des sections d’immersion bilingue en français aux États-Unis

173 écoles, 94 villes, 34 États ! Il s’agit des dernières données sur les filières bilingues francophones aux États-Unis.

Les écoles qui ont répondu à l’enquête sont majoritairement des écoles publiques au niveau élémentaire. Quelques établissements secondaires proposent un enseignement bilingue en français, leur nombre devrait cependant augmenter dans les prochaines années tant la demande est forte pour un continuum de qualité au collège et au lycée. C’est le cas en Utah, en Louisiane, en Floride et à New York. Toutes les écoles sondées suivent le programme de la ville ou de l’État dans lesquelles elles se trouvent. Celui-ci est enseigné en anglais et en français selon des modèles d’enseignement qui peuvent varier d’un district scolaire à l’autre.

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