AITCO 2019 created intercontinental connections. The welcoming atmosphere planted many friendships leading to international journeys. Lives changed.
The first conference was an eye-opener as to the issues translators and interpreters face in Africa. People in Western Europe believe it is hard for a country with two or three languages to make sure information is available in these languages but they do it. I found out not everything is translated into the other official languages and that some countries have more than 100 languages which means it is impossible to communicate in a single or even a few languages and make sure information is available to all.
The keynote speaker Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was wonderful to listen to.
Moses told us about Jalada Africa https://jaladaafrica.org/.
Presentations on topics I would not usually find interesting but which were from a completely different perspective.
The way discussions were held among attendees, the respectful way people disagreed.
The safari in Nairobi park, the giraffe centre, the Maasai safari.
The food, the juices.
The extremely friendly atmosphere. The friendly people. The willingness to open their minds.
I could go on, but I think people will just have to go to Arusha in February 2020 to understand why we were impressed…