Hol­i­days can be used to teach our lo­cal lan­guages

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Our ver­nac­u­lar lan­guage is at risk of ex­tinc­tion if we do not de­fend it. Our par­ents and guardians are on the top of the list in killing our ver­nac­u­lar. Even though they spend a lot of time at work, that should not be an ex­cuse be­cause they can still cre­ate time to spend with their chil­dren and teach them their ver­nac­u­lar. Par­ents and guardians want their chil­dren to speak in English or Kiswahili be­cause they find it fash­ion­able. In­ter­mar­riages have also con­trib­uted to the di­min­ish­ing of ver­nac­u­lars since it is not easy for a a child to learn both lan­guages at the same time. But since we can’t say peo­ple shouldn’t in­ter­marry, we have an op­tion of open­ing tu­to­rial schools which should teach our lan­guage dur­ing long hol­i­days for those who find it nec­es­sary. We must take the nec­es­sary ac­tion to pre­serve our cul­ture and lan­guages. Em­brac­ing the Western cul­ture shouldn’t be at our ex­pense.

STEVE ROP KIMC

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