FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 MAY 2023, PRETORIA
PanSALB COMMEMORATES AFRICA DAY
Today, 25 May 2023, marks the commemoration of Africa Day, celebrated in observance of the founding of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU).
Language plays a critical role in promoting tolerance and ending misunderstanding and inequality. Through collaboration with the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), a specialised institution of the African Union, PanSALB continues to advocate for the recognition and respect for African languages to contribute towards the integration of the African continent through, amongst others, cross-border language commissions.
“PanSALB views its role of promoting multilingualism, recognition, and acceptance of indigenous languages as central to repositioning Africa with its consciousness towards “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want”. Our goal is to develop and promote African languages to foster continental integration, through the adoption of language policies and sharing best practices in language policy making,” said PanSALB Chief Executive Office, Lance Schultz.
“The commemoration of Africa Day provides an opportune moment for us to reflect on the foundation for a united and independent Africa. We must recognise African languages as vehicles for knowledge production, discovery, art, science, and intellectual heritage,” added Schultz.
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