Malawi to celebrate World Mother Language Day

Malawi will on 15th May this month celebrate World Mother Language Day to be held at Mzuzu Stadium.

Briefing journalists on Monday, chairperson of the celebrations Ndabazake Thole said the celebration will help to encourage indigenous languages among the people.

“We will also launch advocacy for promotion, development and use of indigenous languages in Malawi,” said Thole.

He said the world cerebrated the day on 21st February but Mzimba Heritage Association, which is coordinating the event, received funding late.

Thole said ten languages in the north namely Nyiha, Mambwe, Sukwa, Lambia (Chitipa district), Ngonde, Nyakyusa, Ndali (Karonga),Tumbuka (Rumphi), Ngoni (Mzimba) and Tonga (Nkhata Bay) will be recited at the ceremony. Others are Chewa (Central Region), Yao, Lomwe and Sena (Southern Region).

He said preparations are underway in most districts across the country and that task forces are in place.

“In addition to languages, food from different cultures will be on display and later be sold,” he said.

Among the people that will present papers are Professor Pascal Kishindo from Centre for Language Studies of the University of Malawi; Julia Mwase, chairperson of National Association for the Deaf and Professor Lazarus Miti from Open Society for Southern Africa (OSISA) who are also sponsors of the cerebrations.

Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Minister Anna Kachikho will grace the occasion in addition to traditional dances and poems in indigenous languages.

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Ndabazake Thole, Chairperson of the celebrations
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Date: 05/05/2010

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Malawi

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Indigenous Peoples

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