Seminar calls for preservation of nation’s diverse languages
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.