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Museveni writes dictionary on African languages

Uganda President Museveni has compiled a local dictionary which he believes will sell African languages to Europeans and other people across the world.

He says the dictionary is currently undergoing editing and footnoting. The President says he will present his dictionary to the headquarters of UNESCO to help the world understand and appreciate African languages better.

Irina Bokova

UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova

Speaking on Wednesday at Statehouse Entebbe, Museveni said African languages are richer that most European languages, but because of wars, poverty, political instability and displacements of people from one area to another, most of the words are lost so the need to compile them in a dictionary.

Museveni also hails UNESCO for working towards preserving world cultures more so African cultures. UNESCO has already collected over US$50,000 from donors towards the reconstruction of the burnt Kasubi tombs.

Museveni also asks UNESCO to support Uganda in developing a science policy, technical and vocational training and the use of ICT in aiding science education.

The President said all these while Meeting a delegation from UNESCO in Entebbe led by the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova who is in Uganda on a four day official visit.

Museveni asked UNESCO to support preservation of other cultural sites in Uganda like Bigo Byamugenyi, Ntusi, Omuswa, the Nyero Rock Paintings and Kibiro Salt Gardens among others.

By Walakira Nyanzi, Ultimate Media

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