GIS– 03 October, 2019: The Akademi Kreol Repiblik Moris (AKRM) has an important role to play so as to ensure the promotion of our mother tongue and national language. Government, through the Academy, will ensure that all necessary resources are made available so that creole language continues to play a unifying role and contributes to social harmony in Mauritius.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement, this morning, during an official ceremony held at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Réduit, for the inauguration of the AKRM, which coincided with the launching of the 3rd edition of the Diksioner Morisien. The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, and other personalities were also present at the event.
Prime Minister Jugnauth pointed out that the main objectives of the AKRM are to develop and promote Kreol Repiblik Moris (KRM) as the key medium, component and expression of Mauritian heritage, culture and traditions in its unity and diversity, as well as to promote quality and excellence in the study, description and creative use of KRM. The Academy will also commission and publish linguistic studies and descriptions of KRM and its usage, its varieties and registers, its evolutionary norms and standards, while assuring its development as a living and dynamic medium; and encourage literary, non-fiction and scientific writing and promote creative productions in audio-visual, electronic and other formats.
Government, emphasised the Prime Minister, has made and is still making considerable effort so as to promote each language and culture that forms part of the Mauritian nation. In this context, it is important to give the opportunity to each and every one, in particular the youth, to be exposed to as many languages as possible. This, he added, will definitely benefit Mauritian youth when they go to study or work abroad.
On another note, the Prime Minister commended Professor Arnaud Carpooran and some 500 other collaborators for the publication of the 3rd edition of the Diksioner Morisien. He added that the dictionary serves as a reference document for several stakeholders such as the Consumer Support Unit, the Ombudsperson for Children, the National Human Rights Commission, the media, artists and students to write creole in a standard and official way.
For her part, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun underlined that the AKRM will further develop the orthography, grammar, lexicon, usage and norms of KRM as the national standard language of the Republic of Mauritius, as well as advise her Ministry on matters related to KRM. She further commended each member of the AKRM who have collaborated for the introduction of Mauritian creole in the curriculum at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. It is also time to encourage the population at large to learn and write creole language according to established norms, she added.
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