South Africa’s Rhodes University and Uganda’s Makerere University are coming together to translate Mozilla’s FireFox Internet browser into Uganda’s mostly spoken language, Luganda.
The University has organized a two-day workshop that will be held at the Makerere University on Thursday and Friday. Software experts from South Africa and Uganda and well as top Luganda linguists will attend this workshop.
Deborah Namirembe, Makerere’s Computing and Information Technology Faculty’s communication officer said that the aim is to make it more available to non-English speaking Ugandans.
If this project is successful, this will be the first computer program to be translated into Luganda. Mozilla Firefox has already been translated into six of South Africa’s 11 official languages (Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana, Siswati, Northern Sotho and Venda)
Africa’s academic professionals have stressed the importance of issuing local content and language support facilities, in there home language, to the rural population.