UEW, GILLBT Streghthen Relationship

uewThe Head of the Department of Gur Gonja Education of the University of Education, Winneba, (UEW) Dr. Samuel A Atintono, has called for a deeper collaboration between the university and the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT), in the documentation of the Kusaal language.

According to him, GILLBT has the expertise to handle it and that the department has been relying on the institute for its orthography.   

Dr. Atintono made the call when the Executive Director of the GILLBT, Dr. Paul Opoku Mensah and the Literacy Manager, Mr. Peter Wangara; paid a courtesy call on the management of UEW, last Wednesday. They were received by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof Anthony Afful Broni.

The meeting was to formally introduce GILLBT to management, bring to bear their friendship with the Faculty of Languages and look for a way forward.

The Dean of the Faculty of Languages, UEW, Prof. J. Y. Sekyi-Baidoo admitted that GILLBT has been helping the Department with its language documentation lectures.

“They teach, they write and they have the expertise, and apart from using their books, GILLBT has been organising workshops for the Languages departments,” he stressed.

The Director, Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, said the institute intends fostering relations further with UEW, “but we would want the departments of Ghanaian Languages to be a critical actor and linked to developing the languages”.

According to him, apart from operating within a legitimate institutional framework, liaising with UEW would not only save the languages from dying but also make the national education process vital since all the languages developed have the requisite requirement needed to be included in the educational system.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Afful Broni, supported the view that there can never be a national mobilisation without language and tressed the need to document Ghanaian languages before they become extinct.

He hoped the existing relation between UEW and GILLBT would develop into something big and stated that management would appoint people to serve on its board, should there be an affiliation.

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