Amanda Swanson ♦ 2014 Global Scholars Symposium
Title: Addressing Multilingualism in the Nicaraguan Education System
Abstract: The Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua is home to native speakers of three distinct languages: Spanish, the indigenous Miskitu, and Creole English. Each of these languages exists as the native or primary language of a distinct segment of the regional population. This research centers on how the educational system has dealt with this widespread multilingualism and its impact on students. A lack of sufficient government funding, and political disagreement on a bilingual education curriculum, has hindered academic growth, arguably perpetuating the poverty cycle in the region.