The event was organised jointly by the Creole Speaking Union and the Petrusmok Library. The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, the President of the Union, Professor Arnaud Carpooran, and other personalities were present.
In his address, the Prime Minister commended the work carried out by the Creole Speaking Union’s team which led to the publication of Zistwar depi enn bob afrikin. He reiterated Government’s continuous engagement and support for the development of the creole language, which is a national heritage. Government is also doing its best to promote languages in general through the different Speaking Unions under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture, he stated.
Prime Minister Jugnauth underscored that Mauritian creole, which is now being used for more than three centuries, is a unifying and popular language for the country’s multicultural nation. The formal introduction of this language in primary schools only dates back to 2012, he pointed out.
Speaking about the Creole Speaking Union, the Prime Minister observed that it lays emphasis on written activities so as to enable a further advancement of Mauritian creole. It is important for each and every one to have access to information and knowledge, he highlighted, adding that the Creole Speaking Union is contributing in this endeavour through literary publications.
For his part, Professor Carpooran said that the book Zistwar depi enn bob afrikin is a readaptation of François Chretien’s Les Essais d’un bobre africain, which was first published in 1822. This, he observed, was the first book published in Mauritian creole. The latest publication has a historical, pedagogical, cultural and political importance as the creole language is an essential element in the Nation-Building process, he indicated.
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