Parents urged to speak local dialects with children

Accra, Aug. 20, GNA
– Mrs Bernice Addae, the Municipal Director of Education of La-Dadekotopon, has
called on parents to speak their local dialect with their children at home as
this would help them appreciate their cultural values.

She said this would
help the children, especially those at the basic school level, to become fluent
in their local languages and also understand the use of the English language in
the socio-cultural environment.

She said there is
the need for the schools to cater for the child’s needs for the English
language, saying; “Even if the medium of communication with the children at
home is English language, it should not in any way overshadow the use of the
local language.”

Mrs Addae said this
at the 6th graduation and awards ceremony of the Osagyefo Leadership
International School (OLIS) at Labone in Accra. 

The event was held
under the theme: “Quality Basic Education, A Tool for Nurturing Ghana’s Future
Leaders.”

Mrs Addae said: “As
parents we would be neglecting our rich culture if we fail to transmit
important cultural values associated with the indigenous language to our
children. Let us help our children to be proficient in their own indigenous
language at their formative years as we eagerly expect them to communicate in
the English language.”

Mrs Addae said once
a child can speak any of the local languages fluently, it becomes easier for
that child to appreciate and communicate in the English language.

“Until children are
taught to understand their own language, they would gradually they lose their
cultural identity,” the Director said.

Alhaji Yusif
Ibrahim, the Board Chairman of the school and the Chairman for the occasion,
said the school has adhered to the directives of the Ghana Education Service
not to use the cane as a tool for discipline.

Mr Seth Korgah, the
Principal of the school, said even though the management of the school was
complying with the GES directives, it would not shirk its responsibility to
discipline the children depending on the degree of the offence with prescribed
modes of punishment.

GNA

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