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African Languages are Vanishing!


Should African languages be taught in school?
Should African languages be taught in school?

African languages are vanishing! Not languages that many Africans speak, but the many indigenous African languages. It's important to note that 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

The 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. Other well-known African languages include Amharic, Hausa, Somali, and Arabic (which is spoken widely in North Africa and the Horn of Africa).


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.


Can you speak, read and write an ancestral African language?

  • I can speak, read, and write it.

  • I can speak but not read or write it

  • I cannot speak, read or write it.

  • I do not know my ancestral African language.


For more information, updates or if you would like to contribute or donate to the African Language Preservation Project, please click here.


Consider joining the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church, subscribe at www.humanistictemple.org and share this article. Donations are also welcomed.

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