Capacity-building in safeguarding African languages
Capacity-building in safeguarding African languages and oral traditions and expressions in Sub-Saharan Africa
This initiative to promote African languages aimed to:
- Strengthen national and regional institutional capacities for language preservation,
- Promote south-south and north-south cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa, and
- Foster the implementation of national language policies.
The project funded the organization of the following two meetings:
- Joining Forces for Preserving Africa’s Linguistic Diversity
- Identifying Good Practices in Safeguarding Endangered Languages in Africa
The network-building, information sharing and peer training that took place at these meetings represent a major contribution to institutional capacity for language preservation in Sub-Saharan Africa. More concretely, the project resulted in:
- A database of all African research institutions in the field of languages, including their past work and current research priorities, which ACALAN will use to coordinate future efforts,
- New proposals for cooperation among the newly-established network of linguists, including a Pan-African Master’s and PhD Programme in African Languages and Applied Linguistics,
- Petitions sent to Heads of Universities and the African Union seeking support in the formulation of language policy, and
- African contributions to UNESCO’s ongoing Register of Good Practices in Language Preservation.