Caritas Bangladesh, the social action arm of the Catholic Church arranged a two-day training workshop for primary school teachers on Santal and Oran languages at its Rajshahi regional office on July 20 and 21.
"My language is my identity. The mother tongue of an ethnic group is its identity; culture, history, and tradition are my pride", said David Hembrom Regional Director of Caritas Rajshahi Region, opening the workshop.
Gabriel Hasda, of Santali language said, "The government should provide necessary assistance and provide necessary assistance for the promotion of Santali language".
Santal teacher, Solomon Tudu said, "We as teachers should play a greater role in preserving the language, and prepare children for the next generation".
Lucas Kispotta, writer and researcher, Oran language said, "The practice of Oran language must be ensured in all areas, only then will the language sustain and grow".
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Bangladesh's 41 languages bring a rich diversity to the country. Research teams use linguistics, literacy, anthropology, and translation to assist communities in their language development.
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At the end of the workshop, each school is provided with books and flash cards for Oran and Santali children so that teachers can easily teach the languages accurately.
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