Young residents of Yamal will be told about the value of their native language
11:20 21 февраля 2019
Категории: News in English
The International Mother Language Day is celebrated on the 21st of February. The date was announced by the UNESCO General conference on the 17th of November of 1999 and has been celebrated annually since 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
As the chief specialist of the office of regional development in the regional department of education Tatyana Shevyakhova tells to a correspondent of the news agency “Sever-Press”, various thematic events are being conducted in educational organizations of the region: thematic lessons, exhibitions, actions, contests of poems and compositions — in educational institutions of Salekhard, the action “Pride of the people — the native language” and the linguistic quest “Secrets of folk wisdom” — in Nadymskiy district, the dictation in native language “Love and know your native language” – in Tarko-Salye.
It should be noted that in Yamal study of native language as a subject (Nenets, Khanty, Selkoup) is organized for 5709 children, what makes 58% of the total number of pupils of the 1st – the 11th forms from among indigenous peoples. The region will test electronic versions of textbooks in Nenets, Khanty and Selkoup languages for the 5th-7th forms this academic year.
In addition, since 2013 graduates of the 9th forms in the Autonomous Okrug have the right to take their native language and native literature as the final examination of their choice. The number of people wishing to test their knowledge in the subject grows every year. Thus, in 2016 the number of participants of the State Final Certification in their native language and literature made 97, in 2017 the number of those ones, who wished to pass the exam increased up to 142, in 2018 — up to 169 schoolchildren.
There are 35 native language classrooms in schools of the region, they are provided with necessary equipment.
A special role in preservation of languages of indigenous ethnic minorities of the North is given to the interregional Olympiad in local history and native languages. The winners of the Olympiad become candidates for the award of the governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug for support of talented youth.
According to the decision of the UN, 2019 was declared the International year of indigenous languages. There are about seven thousand languages in the world today; one of them dies every two weeks. Indigenous languages spoken by only four percent of the world’s population make 96% of linguistic diversity. In accordance with the Atlas of the world’s languages being under threat of extinction compiled by UNESCO, 90% of all languages are in danger.