British Council South Africa 


Theme & sub-theme:

The conference theme is Language and the Sustainable Development Goals. The three sub-themes of the conference relate to the following SDGs in particular: 

•SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and  quality education for all and promote lifelong learning;

•SDG 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all;

•SDG 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

These three sub-themes will run throughout the three days. 


Areas covered will include:

Language policy and practice in education, justice and governance; the arts; sign languages; bilingual policies; access to justice and the law; the role of translation and interpreting; British Council SDG projects; gender issues; healthcare; business and economic development (more TBC).

Presentations will be from a wide range of countries globally including the host country Senegal, and from regions including Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Asia, North America and Europe. 

For more information on the conference theme including the concept note, visit here. 

Keynote speakers will include:

Barbara Trudell, SIL International. Barbara will speak to SDG 4, assessing the degree to which quality, equity and inclusivity in the formal education curriculum can be enhanced by giving space to local language, knowledge and perspective.

Paulin Djité, Université FSB, Ivory Coast. Paulin will speak to SDG 8, arguing that the root causes of fragility and inability to achieve the goal of inclusive growth in sub-Saharan Africa is the marginalization of the majority of the people, due to the absence of efficient and effective language policy and planning.

Leigh Swigart, Brandeis University, USA. Leigh will speak to SDG 16 about the International Criminal Court and the importance of including ‘languages of lesser diffusion’ to aim for global justice.

Salikoko Mufwene, University of Chicago, USA. Salikoko will speak to SDG 8 about linguistic diversity, formal education, and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mary Goretti Nakabugo, UWEZO. Mary will speak to SDG 4 about UWEZO’s ground-breaking work using household surveys to improve access to education, with 10 years’ evidence of citizen agency and policy work, and contradictions between school language policies and practices.

Boubacar Boris Diop, the Senegalese journalist and author will speak to SDG 4. His standing as a novelist, essayist, intellectual and activist has been influential in the promotion of African languages. 

Other presenters will include:

  • The Senegalese Minster for Higher Education
  • HMA George Hodgson, The UK Ambassador to Senegal
  • Dawn Long, Director, British Council Senegal
  • Emile Tanawa, Director, Institut de la francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation (IFEF)
  • Moses Anibaba, British Council Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Director
  • UNESCO Global Education Monitoring
  • Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Dakar
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
  • The LDC Conference Trustees
  • More TBC


This programme will be regularly updated. Please check back for any changes or amendments. 

Day 1: Monday 27th November



7.00-9.00 Registration
9.00-10.00 Opening ceremony 
10.00-11.00 Keynote 1
11.00-11.30 Break & refreshments
11.30-12.30 Parallel session 1
12.30-13.30 Parallel session 2
13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.00 Conference address: Minister of Higher Education, Senegal
15.00-16.00 Parallel session 3
16.00-17.00 Keynote 2 & summing up
17.00-18.00 Drinks reception & Poster Talks
TBD Evening Cultural activity & Gala Dinner

Day 2: Tuesday 28th November



8.00-9.00 Registration
9.00-10.00 Welcome & Keynote 3
10.00-11.00 Parallel session 4
11.00-11.30 Break & refreshments
11.30-12.30 Parallel session 5
12.30-13.30 Parallel session 6
13.30-14.30 Lunch & Exhibition
14.30-15.30 Parallel session 7
15.30-16.30 Parallel session 8
16.30-17.00 Break
17.00-18.00 Keynote 4 & summing up
18.00-19.00 Poster talks & Meet the LDC Trustees
TBD Evening Cultural activity

Day 3: Wednesday 29th November



8.00-9.00 Registration
9.00-10.00 Welcome & Keynote 5
10.00-11.00 Parallel session 9
11.00-11.30 Break & refreshments
11.30-12.30 Parallel session 10
12.30-13.30 Lunch & Exhibition
13.30-14.30 Parallel session 12
14.30-15.30 Parallel session 13
15.30-16.00 Break
16.00-17.00 Keynote 6 & summing up
17.00-18.00 Summing up & Outcome statement
TBD Evening Cultural activity

See also