20 Feb 2021
DIYARBAKIR from Turkey
A municipality in south-eastern Turkey will launch courses in six different languages next month.
The courses of languages of civilizations will take place for the languages Kurdish, Zaza, Ottoman Turkish, Farsi, Arabic and Assyrian at the workshop “Language of civilizations” in the municipality of Diyarbakir.
To maintain and improve language skills, educational, social and cultural activities will be integrated into the language workshop.
Speaking to Anadolu agency, the municipality’s head of cultural and social affairs, Ali Celik, said the workshop aims to strengthen cultural ties through the languages he sees as wealth.
Working to update the project over the past two and a half years, Celik said the group has contacted universities and the National Education Ministry to obtain the necessary educational materials for Kurds, Zaza and Assyrians.
He noted that Kurdish and Arabic should be best learned by getting to know the country’s own civilizations, just as Western civilizations learn English and French by getting to know theirs.
“If we need to read [Turkish poet, writer and thinker] Fuzuli to understand this civilization we have to read and examine Malaye Jaziri [Kurdish writer, poet and mystic]. For that, we have to learn Kurdish, the language of Malay Jaziri, ”Celik said.
He said that the main purpose of launching the courses is not only to teach languages but to ensure the emergence of new cultural and artistic works that will serve the unity, solidarity and brotherhood among the peoples of the country. .
Another official of the Culture and Social Affairs Directorate of Diyarbakir Municipality, Aziz Altunboga, said registrations will be done virtually.
He said classes are run according to social distancing and hygiene rules for up to 10 students and classes are prepared in case of high demand for classes that will start on March 5.
“For the first time, we will be giving a course on Assyrian, one of the ancient languages spoken in the region. We will also start our lessons on zaza, which is one of the forgotten languages, ”he said Altunboga.
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