ISLAMABAD: “We must glorify, preserve and develop our regional languages as it plays a vital role in the development of a country.” This message was highlighted at a seminar to address the issues of preservation and development of regional languages on Mother Language Day (Feb. 21).
Zubair Tirwoli, explaining the multi-lingual education system of IBT said “the child starts his primary education at primary level, i.e. Torwali language, then at secondary level he becomes acquainted with Urdu (national language) and at later stage he learns English (international language).” The session was followed by the launch of the online dictionary of Torwali language.
|Students staged a peaceful protest in favour of edcuation
in mother tongue on Feb. 21 in Islamabad. Photo-INP
Endangered languages are no longer learnt by children as a mother tongue as these are often restricted to the home. To preserve and develop their mother languages, “Forum for Language Initiatives (FIL) is working to enable the language communities of northern Pakistan” explained Fakhruddin. Dr Inayatullah Faizi, first Chitrali writer also spoke on the occasion.