Mother tongue: Reading to others in her own language. Picture: GCIS
Since the world will be celebrating International Mother Tongue Day today, the Northern Cape Pan African South African Language Board will take cognizance of the efforts made by the Department of Basic Education to introduce the teaching of indigenous African languages at schools.
The board’s provincial manager, Boichoko Moremi, said their focus was mainly on previously marginalised indigenous African languages.
“Hence we will be visiting schools in the Galeshewe township in the morning that are teaching Sesotho, isiXhosa and Setswana for poetry, African literature, reading and motivation sessions on Mother Tongue Day and the importance of our languages.
“The relevance to Mother Tongue Day celebrations provincially would be a platform to also share with stakeholders the statistics South Africa 2011 census results on the language spread and profile in the province,” he said.
The mother tongue celebrations, which will be at the Kimberley public library today, starting at 2pm, will be a joint initiative with the Northern Cape provincial language committee, Sol Plaatje educational trust, Magareng library unit and the board’s office.
“We have invited local poets, writers and reading clubs. We will be focusing on traditional music, dance, poems in indigenous African languages, story telling and folklore.
“We will also be focusing on African literature books and reading. We have also invited out of school youth and freelancing poets,” Moremi said.