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African Languages Week to promote Indigenous languages

Story by Patience Nyagato

LANGUAGE has been identified as key in the cultural and socio-economic development of the country, with this year’s Culture Month celebrations focusing on the promotion of indigenous languages.

The month-long Culture celebrations bring to the fore the importance of African languages as the last week of the month has been set aside to celebrate African Languages.

Chairperson of the National Languages Advisory Committee, Professor Ruby Magosvongwe stresses the importance of language in the preservation of culture.

“African languages are critical in that they are the anchor of our identities. We then get to appreciate and understand African cultures practices and relationships amongst ourselves,” she said.

“We get to appreciate who is who in the family. When it comes to African languages in socio-economic development we are looking at the bigger African family.

“We used to find cooperation in that sense. That’s when the idea of collective identity came. Our African languages can bring people together for greater and deeper social cohesion. They also help us to appreciate ourselves and who we are in the sense of our totems and that way relationships are strengthened. The whole idea is coming from our languages.”

In a Post Cabinet Media Briefing this Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the government is promoting the use of indigenous languages in schools, universities and courts among other public institutions with the African Languages Week launch set for the Midlands State University next week.

“The theme for the 2023 edition of the Country-wide African Languages Week is “African Languages for Sustainable Food Security, Cultural and Socio-economic Development for the Africa We Want” with the slogan “#What We Speak and What We Eat Makes Africa Great!”

“The African Languages Week will be officially launched during the last week of May 2023, at the Midlands State University to promote indigenous languages as official languages to be used in schools, universities, courts, other public institutions and in all other domains of society,” she said.

Apart from African languages, traditional cuisines and fashion will also be used to promote and showcase the diversity of Zimbabwean culture.

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