10 January 2013

Angola: Umbundu Academy Awaits Decision From Culture Ministry

Huambo — The director of Culture in Huambo Province, Pedro Nambongue Chissanga, explained Thursday in an interview to ANGOP that the construction of the building where the future Umbundu language academy will be built, depends on the final decision of the Ministry of Culture.

The director informed that the academy's integral project includes administrative aspects, curriculum and others, were already presented to the Ministry of Culture which has to decide on the viability and

sustainability of the project, before the start of the construction work.

The official explained that the construction of the facility will enhance and preserve the Umbundu vernacular language, intangible cultural heritage while at the same time will help standardize the spelling and pronunciation of this language.

The Umbundu or Umbundo is a Bantu language spoken by the Ovimbundo ethnic group, located in the centre-south region of the country.

The fact that one third of Angola's population belongs to this ethnic group makes Umbundo the most spoken language in the country.

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