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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The African Union in the wake of globalisation: the forgotten language dimension
Author:Ryanga, Sheila
Year:2002
Periodical:Kiswahili
Volume:65
Pages:1-15
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African Union
African organizations
official languages
language policy
Swahili language
Abstract:Language may be the missing link in African unity. The use of an indigenous African language in educational research, business dealings across Africa, and as the language of the African Union, could propel Africa significantly into the new technological age, for concepts and ideas are better developed in one's own language. At present major decisions have remained dominated by foreign thought due to linguistic dependence on the languages of the former colonial nations. The AU needs to put language at the centre of its activities, by developing a common language policy for implementation in education and for public use throughout the continent. It needs to reassess the use of foreign languages as a medium of communication for Africa and Africans in international forums. The present author puts the case for Kiswahili as the most viable indigenous language that Africa has and one which probably can be easily acceptable. She argues that the AU needs to address the language issue within its framework of programmes for cooperation and unity. To this end, she suggests concrete procedures for the implementation of Swahili as a continental language. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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