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MSU to publish science textbooks in local languages

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Sydney Mubaiwa
MIDLANDS BUREAU CHIEF


GWERU-Government has unveiled US$174 000 to the Midlands State University (MSU) to publish science literature and textbooks in local languages, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira has said.
Murwira said this on Friday last week at the Professor Ngwabi Bhebe testimonial conference at the main campus.
He said the Strategic Literature Development programme expects some publications by year-end.
“We feel guilty for understanding or speaking foreign languages. Yes, we learn other languages to communicate, but we should be pushing our local languages if we are to develop. You are a crammer and pretender if you cannot teach science in your language as a lecturer.
“Government has approved a budget allocation of US$174 000 for the Strategic Literature Development project for science textbooks and literature written and published using indigenous languages by MSU.
“Look at the Chinese people. They complete science syllabi in their language, learn using their language, have rockets, bullet trains, and state-of-the-art ships, and are developing their country. We want to do the same. In Russia, it is the same. They are learning sciences using their language,” he said.
Some of the academics who attended are MSU vice-chancellor professor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa, Chairperson of the Epistemologies of the Global South, University of Bayreuth, Germany Professor Sabelo Ndlovu Gatsheni, Prof A. Viriri of MSU and Professor F. Musoni of the University of Kentucky, United States of America among others.
The academics gave presentations on the academic work of Bhebe. One presentation was titled; Cultural identity and Ngwabi Bhebe’s festschrift in the reclamation of indigenous knowledge systems: The Endangerment of Shona Proverbs.
Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, Shona, Kalanga, Shangani, Ndebele, Chewa, English, Chibarwe, Nambiya, Sotho, Tswana, Tonga, Venda, Khoisan, Xhosa and sign language.

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