Preservation of Indigenous Languages: AFRICA
Following the successful launch at the III International Congress Panama 2019 - When Cultures Meet Languages, is a team of humanitarians to underscore and elevate the importance of preserving indigenous languages in Africa as prescribed by the United Nations Declaration Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIPS).
According to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIPS), affirms “that indigenous peoples are equal to all other peoples, while recognizing the right of all peoples to be different, to consider themselves different, and to be respected as such”, according to Article 8, paragraph 1 of the Declaration, “Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.”
We are the fabric, a network by which culture, talent & human interest are combined”, for Preservation of Indigenous Languages: Africa, throughout the Motherland & beyond.
Our mission is one of humanitarian interest.To uplift the status associated with African languages, at home, in school, society and diaspora.
Our melody must be played; sing our song for the world to hear; dance to the beat of our drums by ancestors who are woven in the very fabric of a culture, a people who continues to contribute to society regardless of heritage for “Our Children, Our Future”.We are men, women, children, professionals, educators, faculty, and students, from one generation to the next. Too often and for too long, indigenous peoples are made to believe that their languages are inferior. One of the key elements from the UNESCO and UN perspective, is SDGs, which also mentions sign language Interpreters, for the Deaf which is very important for all peoples, Deaf or Hearing must be included.
.In no way does this eliminate knowledge of main stream languages; however, supports use of African dialects as well, and esteem for these dialects, as with any other Continent or Nation. It’s about…
DIGNITY | RESPECT | VALUE
Map: based on a map made by Mark Dingemanse,
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Schedule 2020: Six Nations (TBD) in partnership with the 2019 United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages #IYIL2019. Initial Preservation of Indigenous Languages: Africa, March 29 & 30, 2019, Panama City, Panama, "When Cultures Meet Languages". For additional info email: [email protected]