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Photo News: ACALAN-AU unveils African Languages Week Logo
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Wed, 11 Aug 2021   ||   Cameroon,
 

The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN-AU) has launched and unveiled the African Languages Week logo in Quagadougou, Burkina Faso on 29th and 30th  of July 2021, in collaboration with the government of Burkina Faso.

The unveiling of the Logo of the African Languages Week which  was  designed by CEOAFRICA  the leading online  media organization in Africa  was done by H.E. Stanislas OUARO, Minister of Education, Literacy and the Promotion of African Languages of Burkina Faso and H.E. Amira Elfadil, Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development of the African Union Commission.

The launching of the African Languages Week was in line with its adoption by the Third Specialised Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sport of the African Union, held from October 21 to 25, 2018 in Algiers, Algeria.

The African Languges Week was Initiated by the Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha . It  is  a major event  that should be observed annually from 24 to 30 January by all member states of the African Union, as a special moment of the African identity

Participants at the launching ceremony were among others: Hon. Stanislas OUARO, Minister of Education, Literacy and the Promotion of National Languages, Ouagadougou; H.E. Amira Elfadil, AU Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development of the African Union Commission; H.E. Minata Samate Cessouma, former AU Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Commission; Honourable Clarisse MERINDOL OUOBA, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Burkinabé Abroad, in charge of African Integration and Burkinabé Abroad; Officials from the Government of Burkina Faso including Mrs Djibo Zalissa Salogo, Permanent Secretary for the Promotion of National Languages, Education and Citizenship, Head of ACALAN’s national structure in Burkina Faso; Ouagadougou; Dr Lang Fafa Dampha, the initiator of the African Languages Week, and Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), Bamako, Mali; Mrs Angela Martins, Head of Culture Division of the Department of Social Development, Culture and Sport, African Union Commission; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Emeritus Professor Sammy Beban Chumbow, President of the ACALAN-AU Assembly of Academicians, Yaoundé Cameroon; Mr Komi N'Kégbé Fogâ TUBLU, Coordinator of African Union's Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies by Oral Tradition, (CELHTO); Niamey, Niger. Dr. Mahamat Adoum Koulbou, Deputy Director General of the Africa-Arab Cultural Institute (AACI); Bamako, Mali. Prof Charles Binam Bikoi, Executive Secretary of the International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Tradition and Languages, (CERDOTOLA), Yaoundé, Cameroon; Mr ZIO Kirasai, Director General of Non-formal Education, KARANA Foundation representing the General Administrator of KARANTA Foundation, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Professor Anita Marie Diop, Executive Director of the Africa Roots and Heritage Foundation, Detroit, Michigan, USA; representing the African Diaspora, Professor Alou Keita, President of the University of Dédougou, and Secretary for the Mandenkan Vehicular Cross-border Language Commission, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Personnel of ACALAN and members of the Mandenkan, Songhay and Soninke Vehicular Cross-border Language Commission; Representatives of institutions and organizations dealing with culture and languages, including SIL International.

ACALAN is a specialized institution of the African Union mandated to develop and promote African languages, and to provide technical support to Member States for the formulation and implementation of language policies and strategies of language development and use.

See photos below:

ACALAN lunch and unveiled African Languages Week logo

ACALAN lunch and unveiled African Languages Week logo