Paul Taryam Ilboudo
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Fellow Since 2010
This profile was prepared when Paul Taryam Ilboudo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Thirty years ago Paul Taryam Ilboudo found a way to integrate trilingualism into teaching literacy. Instead of denying access to local languages in education, Paul engineered fast paced courses that use local languages as the building blocks for literacy. With increased student self-confidence and evident progress, this literacy could then become the grounds for students to learn new languages and subjects. By integrating local languages into education curriculums, Paul has empowered communities with the capacity to read and write, thus enabling them to excel in social, governmental, and educational systems.
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