Achievements & Perspective
Among others, ACALAN has:
- Identified forty-one (41) Vehicular Cross-border Languages on which ACALAN is now focusing;
- Selected twelve (12) out of the forty-one (41) Vehicular Cross-border Languages for the establishment of the first batch of Vehicular Cross-border Language Commissions.
- Established Fifteen (15) Vehicular Cross-border Language Commissions:
- Chichewa/Chinyanja and Setswana in Southern Africa;
- Fulfulde, Hausa, Mandenkan, Yoruba and Wolof in West Africa;
- Kiswahili, Somali, Malagasy, Kinyarwanda /Kirundi/Kihangaza/Giha/Rufumbira and Luganda/Lusoga/Lugwere in East Africa;
- Beti-fang, Kikongo and Lingala in Central Africa.
- De sig nation of twenty-nine (29) Focal Points in the Member States of the African Union.
- The following priority areas of the Vehicular Cross-border Language Commissions have been transformed into implementable projects:
- The harmonisation and standardisation of the writing systems of the Chichewa/Chinyanja, Fulfulde, Hausa, Mandenkan, Setswana and Wolof Vehicular Cross-border Languages;
- Capacity building for the Chichewa/Chinyanja, Setswana, Fulfulde, Hausa, Mandenkan, Kikongo and Lingala Vehicular Cross-border Language Commissions;
- The training of teachers of African Languages (L1 methodology);
- The training of media professionals in African languages.
- Development of a spell-checker for the Hausa Vehicular Cross-border Language.
- The launching of the ACALAN journal (Kuwala) in January 2014.
- Development of a methodological framework for the creation of terminology and lexicography.
- The launching of a corpus building project for African languages: Fulfulde, Kiswahili, Wolof, Yoruba...
ACALAN has, among others, the following immediate perspectives:
- Finalise the establishment, and identification of the working structures of ACALAN: VCLC and focal points in Member States;
- Develop a linguistic atlas of Africa;
- Implement all the core projects and the transformation of more priority areas of the VCLCs into implementable projects.
- Continue collaborating with the Ministries of Education and of Culture of Member States in revamping the system of education in Africa;
- Continue collaborating with Member States of the African Union with a view of elaborating national language policies which will lead to a continental language policy.