By Pushker Kadel - Director, Language Development Centre Nepal
IK Holders Meeting at Phidim, Panchthar
Language Development Centre Nepal (LDC-Nepal) is supporting Limbu communities in Panchthar to promote their heritage language and culture through multilingual education. & development activities. LDC-Nepal is assisting local primary schools to promote mother tongue education and adult literacy activities partnership with Limbu Language Development Association (LiLDA) and indigenous knowledge (IK) holders for the Limbu Communities. LDC-Nepal supports LiLDA to promote Limbu language & culture and its uses in basic education (formal and non formal).
You can find Limbu literature but these are not relevant to basic education especially for children as they are not contextual. We spent over four months in the Limbu communities to collect oral literature suitable for Limbu children. We able to collect fourteen different stories and edited them during workshops in Phidim.
Chhuchudro (a mouse) by Dhanhang Subba
Dalsin Dhunga (a stone) by Lachhami Serma
Gurans, Uttis ra Bans (local plants), Sesefung Serma
Nawagi Puja Thalaniko Katha (Blessings) by Malisa Yakthunba
Kummayek Devi (Tourist spot) by Nisumhang Nembang
Chakchake Dahle Marinchha (Greedy man) by Kedem Kumari Subba
Dhobini Chari (One little bird) by Tank Chongbang
Dhunge Unew ra Simal (Stone and a plant) by Rajendra Kumar Jabegu
Gol Sima Chari (Wood pecker) by Sita Lawati
Buddhiko Kamile Dukha Painchha (Depression) by Thamsung Yalembar
Kurle Dhukur (Bird song), Shyam Suhang Chongbang
Chhatu Chor Bandar (Clever Monkey) by Dilli Lingdam
Buddhi nai Thulo (Wisdom) by Thamsung Puspa Subba
Chara Sammelan (Bird meeting) by Raj Kumar Aangdambe
All IK holders were very happy to share their oral literature to group for editing. They are hopeful, it will be published and children will benefit from their contribution. They said, “This is very new idea for them to collect the oral literature from the IK holders and edit in the group with illustrations. Bhawani Tawa (LDC-Nepal volunteer) said, “I spent about ten months meeting with Limbu IK holders and convincing them to share their oral literature. It is challenging job to choose the best stories for the children.”
We also distributed MLE Reference manual 'Multilingual Education in Nepal' and Trilingual (Limbu-Nepali-English) Limbu book to school in coordination with Panchthar District Education Office.
Key Concerns: Limbu communities and local schools continue to ask us for more support to them to enable them to use Limbu language in basic education, train the teacher how to use mother tongue as a medium of instruction at the beginning and in the transition to Nepali and English. We continue to try to generate additional resources to expand our activities with LiLDA.
We are grateful for your support. Thank you.
Bhawani Tawa handover the Limbu book to school
District Education officer handover the MLE manual
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