Fulbe Africa, a local association in the country recently concluded a two-day Pulaarr language writing workshop for its members.
The training, held at the Region One Education Office in Kanifing, was designed to promote and preserve African languages as well as to build the capacities of members in reading and writing in Pulaar.
History has it that Pulaar is also spoken as the first language by the Tukulor in the Senegal River Valley and as a second language by people in other areas.
Declaring the forum opened, Ousman Sowe, President of Fulbe Africa, thanked the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for their effort in promoting and introducing the national languages in schools.
Sowe described the move as a great step to prevent ‘our national languages’ from extinction.
“To be able to speak your language is important, but also to be able to read and write it, is more important because a study by UNESCO has discovered that in some parts of Africa there will come a time some of our native languages will go extinct” Sowe stated.
He calls for collective efforts by all to preserve ‘our national languages’ and that this should not only be seen as the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, but that everyone has a stake in this.
He promised of his association’s commitment to organising similar trainings.
Other speakers include; Officials from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the Non-formal Education Unit.
by Samba Jawo