The revitalization of regional languages should be carried out considering that there are 718 local languages in Indonesia, most of which are in danger of extinction and (are in a) critical (state)
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology has launched the Local Language Revitalization Program which was part of the 17th episode of Freedom in Learning.
“The revitalization of regional languages should be carried out due to the fact that there are 718 local languages in Indonesia, most of which are in danger of extinction and (are in a critical (state))”, Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim said here on Tuesday.
Makarim noted that currently several local language speakers do not use the language or pass it on to the next generation, thus bringing it to the brink of extinction.
Makarim said the program aims to be dynamic and adaptive as well as to encourage regeneration and creativity in the use of one’s language.
The program focuses on 1,491 local language communities, 29,370 teachers, 17,955 principals, 1,175 supervisors and 1.5 million students in 15,236 schools.
The Ministry will strongly involve families of local language-speaking communities, maestros and language and literary activists in the process of preparing learning models, curriculum materials and formulation of local language and literary content.
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They will also train teachers to embrace values such as flexibility, innovation, creativity and student-centered fun; adapt learning models according to the conditions of each school; as well as the development of creativity through language and literature workshops.
The minister said students can choose the materials according to their interests and take pride in using the local language when communicating. They were also encouraged to publish their work.
Interior Minister Muhammad Tito Karnavian said language is reflected in civilization, culture and traditions which must be preserved.
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UNESCO Assistant General for Education Stefania Giannini said local languages were at risk and with it global culture and ancestral knowledge systems.
Giannini said the protection and preservation of languages aims to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples to preserve, revitalize and promote their languages as well as to integrate linguistic and multilingual diversity into any ongoing sustainable development.
“We must ensure that digital technology supports the use and preservation of language and linguistic diversity,” she said.
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