[lg policy] Ghana: Give prominence to local languages - Catherine Afeku

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 10:40:38 EST 2018

 Give prominence to local languages - Catherine Afeku | Updated Feb 22,
2018 at 12:19pm

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*Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku*

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, has called for
local languages to be given prominence on the occasion of International
Mother Language Day.

Speaking at a stakeholders event in Accra, the Minister, said although
English is the official language of the country, the local languages cannot
be allowed to go extinct.

The stakeholders concluded that all 59 local languages spoken must be
accorded equal importance.

The current language policy of Ghana is that approved Ghanaian languages,
are used as medium of instruction at the basic level.

English language is studied as a subject to prepare pupils for the use of
the English language as a medium of instruction from class 4.

The Bureau of Ghana Languages, the institution mandated to implement this
policy has translated 11 of the indigenous languages which are studied in

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku charged the
Bureau to digitalise the 11 languages taught in schools.

She encouraged Ghanaians to make practicable the essence of the Day.

A retired Professor of the University of Ghana and first Director of the
Center for Languages, Prof Gilbert Ansre gave a breakdown of the language
structure in the country.

Speakers at the event were hopeful that the Bureau of Ghana Languages, now
under the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture will implement the language
policy to the letter.



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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