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IsiBheqe SoHlamvu, a writing system for Southern African languages ?

25/02/2020 @ 18:00 - 20:00


Join us on Tuesday 25 of February for a special talk with Pule Welch, multi-linguist and lyricist.

IsiBheqe SoHlamvu, a writing system for Southern African languages ?

“We use and promote the Ditema tsa Dinoko or IsiBheqe system because it is an alternative literacy grounded in local tradition and not imported through colonialism like the Latin alphabet is. The Latin alphabet is efficient for some forms of language, but not others. It’s not ideal for representing siNtu language words which is the majority of language in this country. The real benefit of indigenous knowledge systems like these is that they are resources for reshaping society in ways that might suit people better, and of which there can be a greater sense of ownership. For example, an alternative writing system as a real additional literacy engages the possibility of recentralising education systems outside schools and universities – which are Western-style institutions – towards community driven education practices informed by marginalized and suppressed African knowledge.”*

*From the interview with Carla Ever in the Sunday times, full article here

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18:00 - 20:00
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Alliance Française Johannesburg


Alliance Française de Johannesburg
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Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
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