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Bluawofogbe Foundation and Ewe-Language Preservation
The National Science Foundation, an organization that funds endangered language research, outlines the importance of preserving the languages of the world. They noted that many endangered languages are only spoken and have no written texts and preserving them through recordings is important.
It is widely acknowledged that with the loss of a language, vital parts of the cultureís heritage and knowledge are also lost. An emphasis on retaining cultural diversity through the retention of mother tongues is at the core of the language preservation by the Bluawofogbe Foundation
Language preservation is the effort to prevent languages from becoming unknown. A language is at risk of being lost when it is no longer taught to younger generations, while fluent speakers of the language usually the elderly die. Language is an important part of any society, because it enables people to communicate and express themselves.
When a language dies out, future generations lose a vital part of the culture that is necessary to completely understand it. This makes language a vulnerable aspect of cultural heritage, and it becomes especially important to preserve it.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), from facts published in their Atlas of Languages in Danger of Disappearing, there are an estimated 6,000 languages spoken worldwide today, and half of the worldís population speaks the eight most common.
More than 3,000 languages are reportedly spoken by fewer than 10,000 people each. Ethnologue, a reference work published by SIL International, has cataloged the worldís known living languages, and it estimates that 417 languages are on the verge of extinction
SIL International (formerly the Summer Institute of Linguistics) is a U.S. based, worldwide, Christian non-profit organization, whose main purpose is to study, develop and document languages, especially those that are lesser-known, in order to expand linguistic knowledge, promote literacy, translate the Christian Bible into local languages, and aid minority language development.)
Reasons for language endangerment or extinction
There are different factors that can put a language in danger of becoming extinct. One is when a language is no longer being taught to the children of the community, or at least to a large number of the children. In these cases, the remaining fluent speakers of the language are generally the older members of the community, and when they pass on, the language dies out with them.
Numerous languages are declining for a variety of reasons, with experts worried that half of the languages existing today may be gone by the end of the century. The movement of people to new regions is frequently accompanied by the eventual loss of their mother tongue. Sometimes languages are lost as certain social classes strive to learn the language of the more prosperous classes, abandoning their mother language. English is the primary language of the business world, and an economic advantage is seen in learning this language. It is the most frequently used second language around the world
Ways to preserve the Ewe-Language
Bluawofogbe Foundation will strive to collaborate with the major stake holders in our community to assist with the use of modern technology to preserve the integrity of the spoken Ewe language.
Where possible we will actively seek to engage in the production and recording of the Ewe-Language on CDíS and DVDís† as a language course and promote it to the general public.
Most of the major world languages can be studied online or by acquiring the language course CDís or DVDís and Bluawofogbe Foundation will be supporting community education and the Ewe-language preservation and promotion by applying these same principles.
The Ewe-Language is spoken the 3 countries of Ghana, Togo and Benin but currently not available as a course to study online, on CDís or DVDís
Your help may be needed
The Foundation is sourcing for funding to complete these two vital projects namely the Library at Atiavi and Bluawofogbe Foundation to record and preserve the Ewe language as a study course made available online and on CDís
Types of equipments needed include;
Computer Networking Devices
Scanner (Full page)
Scanner (Bar code for book check-out)
Scanner (Door security)
Photo Copying Machine
Educational Software Packages
Library Cataloguing Software
Micro films and Storage Device
Audio Visuals (CD, DVD, VCR-VHS Player)
Reading Materials such as;
Library Furniture includes;
Book Binding Machines
If you have any of the items listed above which you would like to donate to us then you may contact the Library directly at Atiavi to arrange collection.
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† Ewe Language Preservation