Indigenous languages, estimated to be spoken by less than 3% of the world’s population, are endangered and on the brink of near extinction if not Revived.
This is according to FNU’s Head of Communication and Language-Dr Vasemaca Alifereti.
She says the pivotal role played by indigenous languages, as the foremost frame on which other languages, knowledge and values are viewed against knowing indigenous language identifies and connects one to a community of relations that goes beyond the physical world.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages to raise global attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages and its significance for sustainable development, reconciliation, good governance and peace-building.
Its estimated that by the year 2100, if indigenous language revitalization is not rigorously pursued, indigenous languages might be extinct.