Africa Day: Celebrate Language Diversity with Rudorwaishe

Africa Day: Celebrate Language Diversity with Rudorwaishe

My parents, like many others, built a life far from home. They brought cherished traditions, weaving them into our new lives. Traditions which I now share with my own children. That's the magic of heritage: honouring the past while embracing the present, wherever we call home.

But for many children of the African diaspora, staying connected to their traditions can be a challenge, especially when it comes to language barriers. Language, after all, is a cornerstone of this cultural pride, playing a vital role in shaping identity and fostering a connection to our roots. 

As Africa Day approaches on May 25th, this becomes an ideal time to celebrate not only the richness of African cultures, but also the vibrant languages that carry their stories. For children growing up in diverse communities, learning the languages of their Motherland/Fatherland is a powerful way to connect with their roots and feel a sense of belonging.

At Rudorwaishe, we're dedicated to helping families pass on their linguistic heritage to the next generation. Our educational materials and toys are designed to support families in sharing their language with their children and laying the foundation for a strong connection to their roots.

Looking for ways to make language learning fun and engaging this Africa Day? Look no further than Rudorwaishe's language learning resources. 

4 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day!

Looking for ways to make language learning fun and engaging this Africa Day? Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate Africa Day with Rudorwaishe's language learning resourcesg p, includinosters, language learning cards, and bundles!

Celebrate Africa Day with us and get 30% off your order of Rudorwaishe's language learning resources! Something we have never done before here at Rudorwaishe.  Use code "AfricaDay" at checkout. This offer is valid until 25th May @ 23:59, so don't miss out!

  1. Language Treasure Hunt: Hide our language learning cards (available in Twi, Igbo, Ndebele, Shona, Swahili, Urhobo, Wolof, and Yoruba) around the house or garden and challenge children to find them. As they discover each card, they can learn a new word or phrase in an African language.
  2. Storytime in Any Language: Use the visuals and phrases from our language learning resources to create a storytelling session in any of the languages we offer. Select a few cards with common phrases and build a simple story around them. Encourage children to participate by acting out the story or repeating the phrases.
  3. Language Games Night: Host a language games night where the whole family can play games using the language learning resources. Try memory matching games with our flashcards, charades with vocabulary from different languages, or bingo using words and phrases.
  4. Virtual Cultural Exchange: Connect with other families or communities online (check out inspiring families we're following below) to exchange language learning experiences. Share stories, songs, and games using our language learning resources to facilitate communication and cultural exchange.

Inspiring Families We're Following

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these families on social media and TikTok who are dedicated to raising bilingual children and teaching them multiple languages, including African ones:

Fun Facts: 

  • Africa is home to approximately ⅓ of the world's languages, totaling around 3000 languages spoken on the continent.
  • Nigeria alone has 250 languages, with about 100 widely used for communication between different tribes and groups.
  • Until 2004, no native African language was considered an official language of the African Union, but in recent years, there's been increasing awareness of the value of linguistic inheritance.
  • Zimbabwe holds the Guinness World Record for the country with the most official languages, boasting 16.
  • The languages of Africa are categorised into six major language families: Afroasiatic, Austronesian, Indo-European, Khoe, Niger-Congo(Bantu and non-Bantu), and Nilo-Saharan
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