NWU Mafikeng Campus partners with CATA
The Department of Setswana on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) partnered with the national Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) to celebrate International Mother Language day on 10 March 2016 at Cooke’s Lake in Mahikeng.
The celebration with the theme ‘Quality Education, Languages of Instruction and Learning Outcomes‘ sought to recognise the study and documentation of mother languages, and in particular Setswana. During the award ceremony, recognition was given to MA and PhD students who conducted research to promote and develop the growth and documentation of Setswana.
Another purpose of the ceremony was to motivate learners from the local schools and the community to take indigenous languages - in particular mother languages - seriously, and to study them to the highest level of qualification, just like any other learning area.
Ms Eileen Pooe, program leader for Setswana at the campus, used the opportunity to educate the attendees about the importance of studying Setswana, particularly in the medium of Setswana, i.e. studying for MA and PhD in Setswana at tertiary level as well as conducting research in Setswana. She further highlighted the strategic position of the campus in accomplishing the mission driven by CATA.
“A language that is not well documented in research will not grow and will die,” said Ms Pooe.