Outreach  Activities

Outreach initiatives play an important role in engaging local communities, earlier educational levels, etc. in the promotion and consolidation of indigenous languages as media of instruction.

BAQONDE Outreach pack for schools

 

The BAQONDE project has developed an outreach pack for schools about languages and multilingualism in South Africa. The aim of the pack is to promote the use of indigenous African languages as a medium of instruction and to foster the intellectualisation of African languages amongst a younger audience. The pack covers topics including language and identity, human rights, language learning, and job opportunities. The pack offers a set of teacher resources including slides, activities and worksheets for use in the classroom.

Why are we doing this? Because the BAQONDE story starts much earlier than at university. It starts in schools and in homes. It starts with our pupils who speak the dozens of different languages that make up our communities. It starts with the parents, grandparents and caregivers who help nurture our children and these languages. It starts with all of us!

NWU comes back to schools to raise multilingual awareness

NWU comes back to schools to raise multilingual awareness

Our NWU team visited Phitshana Public School found in the Free State Province at Heilbron Phiritona township to raise multilingual awareness. Different grades took turns in demonstrating their reading ability in different languages and received BAQONDE certificates for their display of knowledge about language diversity in South Africa

Local schools are attending the NWU Open Day & BAQONDE is there!

Local schools are attending the NWU Open Day & BAQONDE is there!

The NWU campus at Potchefstroom was host to roughly 5000 prospective 2024 first years coming from as far as Namibia, and at least 15 different schools from across the province. Flyers with all the various multilingual pedagogies and information about the valuable BAQONDE contributions (e.g. Polokelo) were used to welcome future students!