By Tanveer Ahmed
Gilgit-Baltistan education department in collaboration with department of culture Gilgit Baltistan has arranged a training workshop for government primary school teachers in Gilgit, with the aim to promote the rigional laguages, wherein eight teachers from each school of respective districts including Gilgit,Ghizer, Astore, Diamer, Hunza and Nagar, will be trained in regional language’s accent and vocabulary .
In the inaugural ceremony, the coordinator for GB Language Academy & Secretary Water & Power Mr. Zafar Waqar Taaj said “The workshop is a milestone for promotion and safeguarding the regional dialects.” He also added that all the six languages spoken in Gilgit-Baltistan will be included in curriculum of primary level education. Taaj praised the efforts of researchers and scholars of Shina language to promote the region’s biggest language.
Director academics Gilgit Division, Faizullah Lone said that after training sessions they are planning to start local language classes in upcoming curriculum session in February 2018. He went on to say that “Shina Language Qaida” has already been launched that comprises basics of Shina Dialect. Besides, the training workshops will also encompass other languages including Balti,Burashaski,Wakhi and Khawaar during the upcoming sessions.
While talking to Gilgit Times the participants also praised the new initiative to preserve local languages, and expressed their commitment and willingness to take the step forward in collaboration with government. One of the trainees Nosheen hailing from Astore says that the despite being short time, the workshop was fruitful enough to learn the basics of Shina Language.
The ceremony was attended by notables, including writers, poets and scholars, with enthusiasm and commitment to preserve regional/local dialects.