African Academy of Languages

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The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN; French: Académie Africaine des Langues; Portuguese: Academia Africana de Línguas or ACALIN) is a Pan-African organization founded in 2001 by Mali's then-president Alpha Oumar Konaré, under the auspices of the African Union, for the harmonization of Africa's many spoken languages. The first head of ACALAN was Mali's former minister of Basic Education Adama Samassekou. As 2006 was declared by the AU as the Year of African Languages, June 21 saw the inauguration of the interim Governing Board of ACALAN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

From December 2009 until August 2015, Prof. Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe of Mozambique led ACALAN.[1] Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha currently heads the agency on an acting basis.[2]

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  1. ^ "Professor Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe's Profile," ACALAN website Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. (accessed 30 November 2013)
  2. ^ ACALAN home page, (accessed 30 December 2016)

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