the signature/ratification of the Proposed Statutes of the African
Academy of Languages as a specialised Panafrican institution,
the Malian Presidency, put in place on September 2001 has undertaken
a vast information campaign to bring all the actors to share
the missions and the objectives of the new structure.
I. National level.
1. October 29-November 1: Participation of the Secretary General
in the First Forum on non formal Education in Mali. This participation
was an excellent opportunity to discuss the views of the African
Academy of Languages concerning language policies.
2. December 14, 2001: Meeting
with the officers in charge of former DNAFLA units. This meeting
called by the Academy had the following objectives:
- discuss the strategies for the creation and organisation of
- establish a calendar of meetings to facilitate the structuring
of language commissions. The Unit Officers were asked to make
an inventory of the available competences within their domains.
3. December 24, 2001: The President
and the Director of the Documentation Centre met with a delegation
from Ivory Coast led by Technical Adviser in charge of Basic
Education. The discussions were about:
- the introduction of national languages in the educational
- literacy and agro-pastoral training;
The Republic of Ivory Coast suggested a conference related to
these topics under the auspices of the African Academy of Languages.
4. January 2002. Elaboration
and publication of the Special Bulletin of the Academy in French
5. 29-30 January 2002: Participation
of the Director in the workshop on the technical validation
of the French-Bamanankan Dictionary, organised by the Karanta
Foundation. This dictionary is to be used is convergent pedagogy
6. 18-22 February 2002: Training
of the personnel and major partners of the African Academy of
Languages in Management. This training was offered by the Centre
for the Analysis and Formulation of Development Policies.
7. May 8, 2002: The President
and the Secretary General met the Ambassadors of Algeria, Egypt,
Libya and Tunisia. The purpose of the meeting was to inform
the African Ambassadors in Mali about the missions and objectives
assigned to the African Academy of Languages by the Government
Experts' Meeting held in Addis Ababa in February 2002. The meeting
with the Ambassadors from Arab speaking countries was a first
8. 1-3 July 2002: The Director
of the Documentation Centre took part in the validation workshop
on the pre-grammar material elaborated by the FLASH. This workshop
gave the opportunity to raise the problem of school material
validation. Which structure should be in charge of the technical
validation of national language materials.
9. 02-10 December 2002: The
Director of the Documentation Centre took part in the 2nd technical
validation workshop on the Bamanankan-French dictionary organised
by Karanta Foundation in Bamako.
II. International level:
1. 13-31 October 2001: The President
of the African Academy of Languages participated in the 31st
UNESCO General Conference which adopted a Resolution in favour
of the African Academy of Languages.
2. 8-9 November 2001: The President
of the African Academy of Languages presented a paper at the
International Seminar organised by UNESCO in Paris on "Prospective
Approaches and New Strategies". This paper titled "Cultural
Pluralism and Development in Africa: the stakes" permitted
to point out the role that languages can play in the reinforcement
of cultural pluralism.
3. 5-7 February 2002: Government
Experts' Meeting organised by the OAU in Addis Ababa. This meeting
approved the draft Statutes of the African Academy of Languages
and made recommendations.
4. 4-7 March 2002: Regional
Seminar in Sikasso on the concept of border lands gathering
the administrative authorities of fifteen African countries.
It permitted to convince the delegates that no integration of
neighbouring countries is possible without taking into consideration
language issues. The African Academy of Languages was represented
by the Director of the Documentation Centre.
5. March 11, 2002: Round Table
organised by the Francophony International Organisation (OIF)
in Addis Ababa. The President of the Academy presented a paper
on: "Language issues in Africa: State of the art and prospects".
6. 11-15 March 2002: The ECOWAS
Education Experts met in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting decided
to include the introduction of national languages in educational
7. 5-14 April 2002: The President
of the Academy had a work session in Pretoria, South Africa
to prepare the meeting of the Ministers in charge of language
8. 16-20 April 2002: The President
and the Director of the Documentation Centre participated in
Barcelona, Spain, in the World Convention on language policies.
Their presentations, during the Convention helped to clarify
the missions and the objectives of the African Academy of Languages
on one hand, and to reinforce the relationships with Linguapax
and other structures in charge of languages on the other.
9. 28-30 May 2002: Regional
Preparatory Conference for the World Summit on the Information
Society in Bamako. The Presidency of the Academy not only presented
the structure, but also a paper on what Africa must preserve
within the Information Society. The President also participated
in a workshop on African languages and the Internet
10. May 29-June 3, 2002: The
Secretary General took participated, in Brussels, in the 76th
Session of the International Academic Union. His presentation
of the Academy permitted to envisage a future partnership between
the International Academic Union and the African Academy of
11.. 26-29 August 2002: The Secretary General participated in
a workshop organised by the Franco-German Office for Youth (OFAJ),
in Mary-Le-Roy in France.
12. 10-15 September 2002: The President participated in the
UNESCO Experts' Meeting on: "Education in Multilingual
13. 20-25 September 2002: The
President participated in the ECOWAS Ministers of Education's
Meeting in Dakar. The Meeting made a recommendation in favour
of the African Academy of Languages and the World Summit on
the Information Society.
14. 20-22 November 2002: The
President and the Secretary General participated in the 50th
Session of the CONFEMEN in Burkina Faso. The resolutions made
at this Session emphasized, among others, the taking into account
of national languages to improve the quality of education
15. 20-22 November 2002: The President took part in MINEDAF
VIII in Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, in the meeting of Ministers
of Education organised by UNESCO. The President's paper was
on the importance of national languages as mediums of instruction
in educational systems.
16. 16-18 December 2002: The
Secretary General participated in Kenya in consultative preparatory
Meeting of the Panafrican Cultural Convention, scheduled in
All these meetings permitted to share the objectives and the
missions of the Academy. Moreover, the position of President
of the Academy as President of the Preparatory Committee of
the World Summit on the Information Society facilitated the
sensitizing in favour of the Academy.
The Presidency of the Academy
is presently striving for the opportunity to organise, in collaboration
with the Secretariat of the African Union, the meeting of competent
Ministers to validate the statutes of the Academy prior to its
submission to the Heads of State and Government. This last step
will permit to give the Academy its Panafrican dimension and
to establish an Agreement making it a specialised institution
of the African Union
December 30, 2002
The Presidency of the Academy