African Language Preservation Project
Many African languages are endangered, with a significant number at risk of disappearing as younger generations increasingly adopt dominant European languages such as English, French, Portuguese, and the Arab language. The African Language Preservation Project by the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church aims to address the concerns of the disappearing indigenous African languages.
It is difficult to give an exact number of African languages because there are many languages that are not well-documented or studied. However, it is estimated that there are between 1,500 and 2,000 African languages. These languages belong to several language families, including the Afroasiatic, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, and Khoisan language families. The Niger-Congo family is the largest, with over 1,000 languages, including Swahili, Yoruba, and Zulu.
The goal of the African Language Preservation Project is to discover, document, and develop tools and strategies in order to teach and preserve these indigenous African languages. The team will consist of indigenous African peoples who fluently speak, read, and write the various languages. The team will produce language manuals and teaching tools in the form of written and audio books, videos, and software applications.
Program Fundraising Goal = $25,000