Sem­i­nar calls for preser­va­tion of na­tion’s di­verse lan­guages

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Myan­mar must strive to pre­serve its rich di­ver­sity of lan­guages and di­alects, the Chin Hu­man Rights Or­gan­i­sa­tion said in a state­ment re­leased on March 31 in the af­ter­math of a sem­i­nar it hosted in Yan­gon to dis­cuss the is­sue.

The sem­i­nar, held at a Yan­gon ho­tel on March 25 and 26, fo­cussed on the need to pre­serve, pro­tect and pro­mote the na­tion’s many lan­guages and di­alects.

The CHRO said the di­ver­sity of Myan­mar’s eth­nic­ity, lan­guages, di­alects and cul­tures was a hall­mark of the na­tion.

Myan­mar should en­sure the preser­va­tion of its lan­guages and di­alects be­cause they rep­re­sent the na­tion’s rich his­toric­ity, cul­ture and tra­di­tions and the over­all col­lec­tive wis­dom of an­ces­tors, it said.

“Mul­ti­lin­gual­ism is an es­sen­tial re­source rather than a hin­drance to any coun­try,” the group said, adding that many sci­en­tific stud­ies had demon­strated its so­cial and other benefits.

It rec­om­mended that Myan­mar de­velop a lan­guage pol­icy that guar­an­tees the preser­va­tion, pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of all ilan­guages and di­alects spo­ken by eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups, in­tro­duces mul­ti­lin­gual­ism in pri­mary, sec­ondary and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and en­sures fi­nan­cial sup­port for pro­mot­ing mul­ti­lin­gual­ism.

The con­fer­ence brought to­gether a range of stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing eth­nic po­lit­i­cal par­ties and lit­er­ary and cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions, mem­bers of stu­dent and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of armed eth­nic groups and Myan­mar and for­eign aca­demics.

[Mizzima]

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