Celebrating International Mother Language Day at Asal-Origin
According to the United Nations, every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage. It is for this very reason that Asal-Origin celebrated International Mother Language Day on Thursday 21st February. Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our heritage which is at the heart of the work that Asal-Origin does. It has come to our attention that the Somali language is slowly reverting back to being an oral language, as Arabic and English are being taught in our schools and universities. Also, most of the Somali students who schooled in Somalia after the fall of the Somali central government were not taught the rudimentary rules of the Somali language.
This has resulted in a loss in awareness of the rich Somali linguistic and cultural traditions. Asal-Origin believes that people learn best in their mother tongue, and it is important that they have this opportunity. Not being able to use, or access knowledge and information in your mother tongue, can limit the development of the personality and intellectual freedom. To celebrate this day, Asal-origin provided access to literature in our mother language, but also organises events such as movie nights for both children and adults, readings and debating clubs – all in Somali. It is our commitment to continue to invest resources in improving literacy instruction and education quality generally, increased attention is being paid to the use of mother tongue. It is the collective moral duty of the Somali people to protect their respective language
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