FLI provided books to the Children libraries of its partners CBOs. In first phase Palula Community Welfare Organization (PCWO), Gawri Community Development Program (GCDP) and Idara Baraye Taleem o Taraqi (IBT) were provided with the books for their MLE schools. It is worthy to mention that FLI’s target ethonoliguistic communities lack access to reading materials. FLI is striving hard to fill the gap by developing reading resources in the mother tongue of Children and purchasing L2 books from Market

Khowar

FLI has published more than a dozen books in the indigenous languages of northern Pakistan in a couple of months before. These publications will help the respective community readers study in their own languages.  #KhowarBarkash is an important editions as it discusses literary issues in Khowar.

Dameli

Another book published in Dameli language, a collection of proverbs, second in the language FLI published very recently. We congratulate the entire language group for the great achievement.
Asmatullah Dameli, the researcher and also a community leader who worked with FLI for preservation and promotion of his language has collected the proverbs.
The Dameli language is spoken in southern part of Chitral valley. The language was provided with a functional writing system by FLI in 2016. The activists and researchers from Dameli community are among the hardworking people in FLI’s network who are using their energies to produce literature in their native language. Keep it up good fellows.

Gawarbati

We congratulate Gawarbati language community for having another book in the language. This poetry book, FLI published recently was authored by Nasirullah, a young language researcher from Gawabati community who is a trainee of FLI. The thankful community members invited ED of FLI to launch the book last week. Both FLI and Gawabati community members committed to continue their work for promotion of the language. Gawabati language was turned into the written form by FLI just few years back but the way the educated people from the community are working is remarkable and we’re hoping more such work in future. This beautiful language is spoken in southern Chitral, in Arandu area situated on the border with Afghanistan.

Palula

We congratulate Palula language community for having published the first ever poetry book in their language. Three pioneers from the community; Atiqullah, Munir and Rafique have contributed with their poems, and Naseem Haider did the translation into Urdu. There have been some old rhymes, verses in the language the Palula youth occasionally hummed them but nobody knew that who created them. This book contains contemporary poetry of Palula we dedicate to Palula youth who love to read and sing in their language.

Gawri

How to make Honeybee Farming a source of livelihood has been compiled in an indigenous language of northern Pakistan. FLI gladly published this book because of three good reasons; 1) for being in one of its target languages, Gawri, 2) for being authored by one of its trainees, and 3) for covering a good topic. The book is also expected to help those who struggle in finding topics for literature development in their respective languages.
Gawri belongs to Dardic group of languages which is spoken in Dir and Swat Kohistan. Its speakers, researchers and activists are working with FLI to load their language with literature. Material production is fast taking place in the language thanks to dedicated people from the community.
We congratulate our trainee, Muhammad Nabi for this book and appreciate his work which, we hope will inspire other people in our network who lookout for innovative topics. Nabi has been busy in development work for his language since long, and we wish him good luck for his future plans.

 

 

Khowar

We have started meeting with partners in the region and at the third stop of this series we sat with MIER in Chitral. MIER has embarked on a mission, mostly to strengthen the Khowar writing system and our friends in this organization are doing great job. In the meeting, we discussed many things relating to language work. Next sitting will take place in Swat or Gilgit and our friends in our partner organizations in these regions must be looking forward to meeting us. We are lucky to have good and able people in our circle who help us contribute to serving our indigenous languages by supporting our initiatives and sharing their issues with us. We hope that together we will preserve and promote our languages.

Yidgha

FLI team held a meeting with Yidgha language community members in Lotkuh valley of Chitral last week. FLI team assured the participants of the meeting of possible support in further documentation of their language in response to their demand for capacity building in various fields of language work.
Yidgha, one of the highly endangered languages of the area was taken up by FLI some years back and initial literature were produced in the language. Much more needed for the language and that’s the reason FLI visited the area and met with the activists, poets, singers, school teachers, young and senior people from the community to find out ways of cooperation with them. These people, now are aware of the importance of using of their heritage language and it’s hoped that they will work to preserve and promote it. FLI will continue extending to them its technical support.

Gawri and Torwali

In a series of meeting with partners in north Pakistan, FLI held meetings in Swat with the activists and researchers of Gawri and Torwali language communities. The objective of these meetings is to refresh our commitment for our languages and discover new ways for collective measures we will take in future. The Covid-19 situation undoubtedly impacted our plans but we believe that together with our partners we can catch up. #GCDP and #IBT are dynamic arms of FLI whose support has allowed this organization to deliver in the region with ease

Meeting in GB

FLI, together with its partners and other stakeholders has made great progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province where five local languages are being taught at primary level as subjects. We are striving for inclusion of more languages in the province and are hopeful that we will eventually achieve the goal of an exclusive educational system in the province. We desire the same process be initiated in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), therefore, we have plans to work in GB and with GB govt.
For the purpose we have started meeting with stakeholders from the region. We, together with our friends in GB are hopeful to succeed.

Gojri

The Gojri Language & Culture Society (GLCS), one of FLI’s partner CBOs in Pakistan has an innovative project of mobile schools. We held a meeting with people of this CBO last week in Abbotabad and discussed ways of cooperation in future. They are doing wonderful job to educate the community children on one side and promote their culture on the other.

How to stay safe, and protect our dear ones from the Pandemic Covid-19 is explained in the Burushaski Language. Burushaski, an isolate by virtue of language classification is spoken in the Gilgit-Baltistan. FLI has developed this message in 15 indigenous languages of the area to create awareness in the communities regarding the disease. Please share our 3rd of the series.

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How to stay safe, and protect our dear ones from the Pandemic Covid-19 is explained in the Kalasha Language. Spoken in the Kalash valley of Chitral-KP, Kalasha is one of the indigenous languages of the region. FLI has developed this message in 15 languages of the area including Kalasha to create awareness in the communities regarding the disease. Please share our first of the series.

Mr. Sanai pledges to support FLI’s endeavors for preservation of the languages spoken in the Gilgit-Baltistan.

“Preservation and promotion of indigenous languages are great services as our languages are inevitable components of our cultural and linguistic diversity”, this was stated by the Minister for Education of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) who visited FLI’s office Islamabad today (Jan 30, 2020), and added that the appreciable services of FLI will serve the unique cultures of northern Pakistan long into the future. Mr. Sanai met with FLI team members and appreciated the organization’s effort. Earlier he was introduced to the FLI team members and briefed about the future programs. Mr. Sanai resolved to extend his support to the language development works in GB and pledged to play his positive role in enhancing the initiatives of GB government for languages. The honorable minister also applauded the publication work of FLI and expressed his happiness while observing books FLI has published in various indigenous languages of north Pakistan. Mr. Sanai hails from FLI’s target region, and speaks Balti language. Balti is classified among Tibeto-Burman group of languages, spoken in Baltistan region of GB and FLI has had many interventions for development of this language in the past. FLI has also prepared many programs for strengthening this language in the near future and it hopes to enjoy the good support of GB leadership during implementation process of its programs.

FLI reaches another milestone by taking up the Kataviri language, the 20th language the organization has targeted to preserve and promote. FLI conducted a survey during the second week of October in Shekhandeh, Bamburet- Chitral to find out what was the exact status of orality, identity and literacy of the language among the community by using of its famous tools, the Sustainable Use Model (SUM). Six to eight people including young, aged and learned people from the Kati community attended the sessions throughout the six days. The Kataviri language was found vigorous in orality with strong position on identity scale but lagging behind in literacy. Currently, the language lacks a writing system.

The Kataviri language is spoken in hilly peripheries of Chitral valley, sharing the borders with Afghanistan from where the speakers immigrated to the area some 130 years back. The areas the language is spoken include Shekhandeh, Gobor, Langorbat, Badugal, Urtsun etc. in Chitral. The language is called Shekhani by locals which is a group name of Nooristani languages spoken in Chitral; Kataviri and Kamviri, however the native speakers like to be identified as Kati speakers.

Based on the survey outcomes, FLI is planning to strengthen the language in literacy area by helping the community in placing a writing system for their language. For the purpose the basic orthography and writers’ workshop for the community people will be held who will be turning their purely oral language into a written one. FLI has so far enabled hundreds of people from 19 language communities in northern Pakistan to document and develop their native languages and Shekhani is the 20th language FLI has started to develop by enabling its speakers in language documentation.     

FLI reaches another milestone by taking up the Kataviri language, the 20th language the organization has targeted to preserve and promote. FLI conducted a survey during the second week of October in Shekhandeh, Bamburet- Chitral to find out what was the exact status of orality, identity and literacy of the language among the community by using of its famous tools, the Sustainable Use Model (SUM). Six to eight people including young, aged and learned people from the Kati community attended the sessions throughout the six days. The Kataviri language was found vigorous in orality with strong position on identity scale but lagging behind in literacy. Currently, the language lacks a writing system.

The Kataviri language is spoken in hilly peripheries of Chitral valley, sharing the borders with Afghanistan from where the speakers immigrated to the area some 130 years back. The areas the language is spoken include Shekhandeh, Gobor, Langorbat, Badugal, Urtsun etc. in Chitral. The language is called Shekhani by locals which is a group name of Nooristani languages spoken in Chitral; Kataviri and Kamviri, however the native speakers like to be identified as Kati speakers.

Based on the survey outcomes, FLI is planning to strengthen the language in literacy area by helping the community in placing a writing system for their language. For the purpose the basic orthography and writers’ workshop for the community people will be held who will be turning their purely oral language into a written one. FLI has so far enabled hundreds of people from 19 language communities in northern Pakistan to document and develop their native languages and Shekhani is the 20th language FLI has started to develop by enabling its speakers in language documentation.     

UNESCO has been celebrating September 8 every year as International Literacy Day to draw the world’s attention towards eradication of illiteracy from the world. FLI has been observing this day together with its partner organizations in their respective areas. This year the event was sponsored by FLI in three language communities of northern Pakistan; Palula in Chitral, and Gawri and Torwali in Swat. The respective community organizations invited community elders, opinion makers, influencers, prayer leaders, students and parents to the event and used the opportunity for awareness raising. Speakers shed light on the importance of literacy, especially among women focusing on literacy in the mother tongue. The community elders were also provided chance to speak on the occasion who pledged to support FLI’s and its partner organizations’ vision to empower our communities by equipping them with education. This event has become a regular part of our literacy ventures in our target area which provides our partners the opportunity to meet maximum community people and cement their relationship with them.

Mother Tongue Initiative for Education and Research (MIER), a local language development organization in Chitral held a Language Documentation workshop in collaboration with FLI in Chitral yesterday. The chairperson of linguistic department of the University of North Texas, Ms Sadaf Munshi facilitated the training. More that twenty participants who represented seven languages, spoken in Chitral benefited from the event.

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