Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:30 - Updated Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:35
Brazilian university starts Angolan indigenous languages course
Luanda - An Angolan indigenous course was introduced officialy this year in the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), in Brazil, in an initiative of the Association of Angolans Residing in Espirito State (AANGESB).
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Rosário de Ceita - Angolan General Consul in Rio de Janeiro
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According to a note from the Angolan General Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, the course, which started last March, is a partnership between the African Studies Nucleus of the AANGESB’s Education Centre, and it will last six months.
The programme, whose objective is to promote diversity and provide more information on the African continent.
On the occasion, the General Consulate, represented by vice consul Alexandre Andrade, saluted the initiative and creativity of the mentioned association and recognised the importance of the course for the divulging of some aspects of Angolan culture.
The co-ordinator of the project, Cleyde Amorim, said that the course is of extreme importance, since the Bantu tradition is very closely linked to the genesis of the Brazilian culture, considering the historical ties with the African descendants.
Angola’s official language is Portuguese, which co-exists with indigenous languages like Kimbundu, Umbundu, Kikongo, Ngangela, Cokwe, Kwanhama and fiote, among others, which belong to the bantu family of idioms.
Besides the mentioned languages, there are also other non Bantu and semi-bantu local languages spoken by other ethnic groups like the Khoisan and Vatwa.
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