International Mother Tongue Day in Greytown

2016-02-24 06:00
MEC for Arts and Culture Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha (second, right) at her visit to Buhlebuyeza Secondary School.

MEC for Arts and Culture Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha (second, right) at her visit to Buhlebuyeza Secondary School.

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GREYTOWN was the venue for the commemoration of the KZN International Mother Tongue Day on Monday with the theme “Quality education language of instruction and learning outcomes”.
It has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity as well as multilingualism.

South Africa boasts 11 official languages with KwaZulu-Natal championing the adoption of Zulu, English, Xhosa and Afrikaans as official languages in the province. As part of its social cohesion programmes, the KZN Arts and Culture Department encourages the consistent use of, and preservation of, all indigenous languages.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve access to information for the people of this province. Our libraries have books in the official languages as well as mini- libraries that cater for the blind and visually impaired. There are programmes specifically focused on removing language barriers. We also encourage communities to make use of their mother tongue when interacting with their children to ensure our languages don’t fade” said MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha.

The MEC visited Buhlebeyeza Secondary and Greytown primary schools to speak to pupils about the importance of the commemoration before being the main speaker at an event in Greytown Town Hall (full report next week).

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