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Approximately half of the population is under age 15, and there are approximately equal numbers of males and females. 3 L ANGUAG E There are approximately 15 ethnic groups that speak 15 languages and live in association with the approximately 30,000 Aka in the Equatorial region. The Aka language is a distinct Bantu language and classified in the C-10 Bantu language group. It belongs to the Benue-Congo group of the Niger ConWORLDMARK ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTURES AND DAILY LIFE Aka 18 AKA 200 0 800 Miles 600 SUDAN 0 200 400 600 800 Kilometers CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CAMEROON Douala 400 Juba Bangui Yaoundé UGANDA Bata Libreville GABON Lake Albert ire Za go) on (C CONGO Brazzaville Kisangani Kampala DEMOCRATIC RWANDA REPUBLIC of Kigali the CONGO Bujumbura Kinshasa ANGOLA (Cabinda) Kananga Lake Tanganyika BURUNDI TANZANIA plant or animal.

Among whites (thus including Afrikaners), school attendance and literacy are nearly universal. It is common for Afrikaans students who have completed high school by successfully passing the national matriculation examination to go to one of the four primarily Afrikaans medium universities, or to a “technicon,” which is more technically oriented. Since the Constitution of the Union of South Africa (1910) recognized Afrikaans and English as official languages, students have been bilingual, and many have attended one of the four English medium universities.

Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) was once recognized as a public holiday, but was removed from the list by the Public Holidays Act of 1994. In the same act, the secular holiday of Family Day was created to replace Easter Monday and the Day of Goodwill, on December 26, replaced Boxing Day. December 16 was once celebrated as the Day of the Covenant, commemorating the day when Afrikaner pioneers beat back an attack of Zulu warriors in 1838. Since 1994, December 16 has been celebrated as the Day of Reconciliation.

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