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Rwandan students in a classroom, Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 2, 2006 (AP photo by Jens Kalaene).

How Switching From French to English Changed Education in Rwanda

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about education policy in various countries around the world.

In 2008, Rwanda announced that it was switching the language of scholastic instruction from French to English. The move was implemented rapidly, and with decidedly mixed success—at least at first. In an email interview, Maria Ambrozy, a researcher with the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS University of London, explains the reason for the change and its effects. ...

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