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Indigenous Language Project

Advocacy

 

Globalmother.org recognizes the importance of maintaining our linguistic diversity and advocates for the protection of indigenous languages.  

Facts
 

According to the Vanishing Language Project, “One language dies every 14 days. By the next century, nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.”  According to Professor Okoth Okombo, a professor of Linguistics and Communication Skills at the University of Nairobi, “Language is like a reservoir of culture. Most of the cultural wealth of a community is stored in its language: their philosophy of life, their stories, their medicinal practices," said Prof Okombo. 

In the Field

In Tanzania, because Swahili is the medium of instruction in primary schools, it has had a detrimental impact on the preservation of indigenous languages. We believe that providing educational materials in native languages will help to preserve cultural diversity. According to Okombo, “The death of a language is like the burning of a library.” To this end, we have participated in the production of indigenous education materials.