ACALAN Holds First Meeting
On Monday, July 2, 2018 the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) held its first Technical and Scientific Committee meeting in Monrovia at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. ACALAN Executive Secretary Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha represented the institution which is a body of the African Union for the preservation and promotion of African languages for the social, cultural and economic development of Africa. ACALAN is based in Bamako, Mali. It was originally started by the former President of Mali, Alpha Oumar Konare as Mission for the African Academy of Languages in 2000 and was adopted and in 2006 it was adopted by the Sixth Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of state and government as a specialized institution of the African Union. Dr. Dampha emphasized the importance of African languages as part of our cultural heritage which must be preserved, promoted for the purpose of Africa’s development and progress. He said that both the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism and the Ministry of Education must work together to ensure that these languages be considered for instructions in schools. The next stop of Dr. Dampha’s tour is Ghana and Sierra Leone.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Information as focal point of ACALAN in Liberia is Sehwah, a non profit organization headed by Ms Louise McMillan Siaway. Speaking during the opening session of the meeting, Ms. Siaway said Sehwah will work with the relevant government ministries and agencies to ensure the success of ACALAN mission in Liberia. Other members of Sehwah at the meeting which brought together representatives from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Ministry of Education, and the Bureau of National Statistics were Dr. Arthur Kannuah, and Nvasekie Konneh and Ms. Hawa Noriss.