Language Skill Set for African Marginalized Languages Is the Missing Link

Track: EDUinLOC | A6 |   Everyone |
This session will have a live Q&A at the end. Once the recording is finished, please return to the Jujama agenda to access the Q&A.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 1:30am – 2:15am
Held in: Jujama
Rodrigue Bashizi - CLEAR Global / Translators without Borders 
Habiba Garba - CLEAR Global / Translators without Borders
Moderator: Paul Warambo

Many Africans can easily switch between the myriad of languages they speak. But there is little formal education in most languages, and even fewer institutions that prepare linguists for professional work in localization or translation. Addressing this will help businesses reach more people and have the added benefit of helping to give them a voice. A panel of four professional African linguists will argue that governments and industry leaders should invest in professional language services training infrastructure, particularly in marginalized languages.

Takeaways: Attendees will hear about the neglected state of the African language profession, and what industry players and governments can do to bring about the much-needed change.