I wish to congratulate the Principal, Staff and students of Central School for initiating the Vernacular Day which was part of their Cultural Week which ended with the Cultural Music Night with a theme ‘My Language, My Treasure’.
The Principal rightly pointed out that Language is our culture and if we lose our languages, we lose our culture.
Our local languages reflect our identity therefore we need to be proud of who we are.
Losing our local languages also means we lose our cultural values and norms and this can create unacceptable behaviours in the society we live in.
Therefore, I also encourage other schools to have a Vernacular Day as part of their cultural activity to inspire students to use their local languages.
Learning traditional dancing at the primary or secondary levels will also give confidence to students to participate in cultural activities at the tertiary levels.