The Introduction of the Special Issue

This issue will consist of 9 papers looking at the above topic from a variety of annuls. Some of the papers will be case studies looking at the particular records of countries with regards to language, educational policies and practices in the past, present and future projections. Related issues like orality, literacy, terminology and meta-language will find scope in these papers. An important area of discussion will be the examination of future challenges concerning language in education policies in Africa. At least 6 of the papers would have to deal with case studies. The case studies will feature instances drawn from East West Central and Southern Africa.


The Research Scope of the Special Issue

·Unifying Conceptual paper

·Theoretical and Conceptual Concerns

·Case Studies

·Future Challenges

·Literacy and Orality in Education

·Terminology and Meta-Language

·Comparative Perspectives (Global Dimensions)


Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted via the Probe - Languages & Linguistics submission system:

Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the field of interest of the Special Issue.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: September 30 , 2019


The Lead Guest Editor

Kwesi Kwaa Prah

Kwesi Kwaa Prah is the founder and was the Director of the Africa-wide Centre for advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. He has worked extensively across Africa, Europe and Asia researching and teaching Sociology and Anthropology in various universities including Makerere University, Uganda; University of Botswana and Swaziland; University of Juba, Sudan; Cape Coast University, Ghana; National University of Lesotho; University of Namibia; University of the Western Cape, South Africa; University of Heidelberg, Germany; the Amsterdam Municipal University, in the Netherlands and The Institute for West Asian and African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in China. Kwesi Kwaa Prah has also been a Visiting Nuffield Foundation Fellow and Associate at the Centre for African Studies, and Darwin College, Cambridge University. Kwesi Kwaa Prah is currently mainly involved with work in Anthropological Linguistics, specifically the harmonization of African orthographic conventions. He has published numerous books; these include: The Social Background of Coups d’etat (1973), Beyond the Color Line (1998), African Languages for the Mass Education of Africans (1995), Capitein. A Critical Study of an 18th Century African (1992), The Bantustan Brain Gain (1989), Mother Tongue for Scientific and Technological Development in Africa (1993), The African Nation: The State of the Nation (2006)., Anthropological Prisms (2009), Soundings (2010), Tracings: Pan Africanism and the Challenges of Global African Unity (2014) and Sudan Matters. Reports on Traditional Leadership and Administration in Africa - Two Cases from Sudan and South Sudan (2019). Some of these books have been translated into French, Chinese and Arabic.