SPELLCHECKERS IN 2 SENEGAMBIAN LANGUAGES DONE!
Well, normally we do a translation marathon, but this year due to family reasons I don't have the time to do this quite time consuming organizational work. Therefore I thought about what to do. Well on one hand of course I will go around in all the time I possibly have and tell people about this special day but on the other I want to do something special. The entrance of my apartment needs somethign special and so I thought: why not use the walls to tell all people that come in something special about languages, because for sure they will ask when they see what I have in mind.
Our association, Vox Humanitatis, cares about less resourced cultures and when possible we try to visit events where we can create contacts to such cultures. Therefore, like two years ago, this year I was at the Salone del Gusto 2010 in Turin, which is a Slow Food event.
International Mother Language Day 2011 is not right around the corner, but it will come sooner than we expect. 21st of February 2011 is that special day.
We are now preparing educational material which can then be translated in as many langauges as possible. Not too much, because it must remain feasible, but enough to go forwards step by step. Of course you may jump in any time and work on whatever is already there.
Well, this is something special for us we are really happy about, because it gives the possibility to ALL less resourced languages to gain relevance on EU-level.
Every now and then I have a look at the Puo Eduational Products website and today I found a story by Peter Heinlein which is very relevant. It's about Yohannes Gebregeorgis who brings books to kids by using a donkey to pull the trailer-cart carrying the books where children once a week can borrow books to read.
The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are to:
There are several occasions during the year we can use to do something for our languages and literacy. Of course literacy starts from children. One of the first books with written words most children hold in their hands are ABC-Books. But many will never have this for their language. We can at least change something: we can make free material available. We will change things one drop at a time.