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AELC celebrates Research Day

The Addis Ababa University Academy of Ethiopian Language and Cultures (AELC) celebrated a Research Day on June 7, 2018 at Mandela Hall.

The day was celebrated under the theme ‘Research on Our Languages and Cultural Values for National Consensus.’ Eleven newly published books by the academy were also launched during the ceremony. The newly launched books include dictionaries, religious books translated from Geez to Amharic and others related to culture and orthography.

 Presenting report of the overall activities of the academy, Mulugeta Seyoum (PhD), Director of AELC, noted that the academy has published dozens of books the last couple of years on translations, orthography, culture and dictionaries which is of paramount significance for the language and cultures development. He went of saying that the academy also engaged in thematic research and adaptive research to more promote and let grow the local language and cultures.

In his keynote address prof. Tassew W/Hanna, AAU President, stated that AAU has been contributing a lot for the country’s development through conducting impactful research and producing skilled man capital. As many languages are dying out around the world due to globalization and social changes, said the president, the academy needs to do more to rescue our languages and cultures from the effect of globalization. “Research on our local languages is mandatory to standardize and integrate the languages with the emerging technology that can finally lead to generating indigenous knowledge” added the president.

Guest of honor of the ceremony H.E. W/ro Foziya Amin, Minister of FDRE, MoCT, appreciated the efforts that have been done by the academy towards local languages and cultures development. The MoCT, said the minister, together with AAU and other stakeholders is working to prepare ethnographic profile and atlas of language for the country.

The ceremony also featured a review of five books, reflections and exhibition of the newly published and launched books during the ceremony.

 The Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures was established with the purpose of inspiring, supporting and recognizing excellence in the scholarly study of all aspects of Ethiopian languages and cultures.