Language and education in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao

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Although the Spanish/Portuguese-based Creole Papiamentu is widely used on Aruba, Bonaire and Cura&#231;ao, its role in education continues to spark highly emotional debates. Except for four Dutch-medium schools, most schools in Cura&#231;ao and Bonaire use Papiamentu in the lower grades of primary school and some schools employ both languages in higher grades. In secondary and vocational education Papiamentu is taught as a subject and widely used to support Dutch-medium education. In Aruba, the medium of instruction is Dutch and Papiamentu is taught as a subject in the lower grades of secondary education. This paper critically reviews the process that led to Papiamentu becoming established in education and discusses current problems that hamper further expansion of its use in education. <b>Keywords:</b> education in Papiamentu; language and education; language and politics in the Dutch Antilles


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