International Mother Tongue Day: Schools make dialects part of curricula

School authorities have emphasized the importance of knowing the mother tongue to learners as they join the international community in commemorating World Mother Tongue Day.

This year’s activities are observed under the theme “fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society.”

It recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on leaving no one behind.

Encouraging the learning of Mother Tongues in Schools

Cameroon spans over 200 villages speaking different languages, the diversity is quite glaring.

Having the entire population speak a common tongue will be hard, that is why the educational body has included the study of local languages in their curriculums to encourage “unity in diversity.”

At the Mada Dominion International Nursery and Primary School in Yaoundé, their cultural activities and classroom work highlights the importance of understanding and speaking the native languages.

A teacher at the school, Mr Bulekeh Buweh says it is important for children to learn their mother tongues at home because it eases the comprehension of secondary languages like French and English.

Mr Buweh added that apart from being taught in classrooms, the school organises cultural activities that can permit pupils learn more about their languages and culture.

As activities marking the International Mother Tongue Day unfold in different schools, learners see it as an exciting opportunity to express themselves in their mother tongues through poems and songs.

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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