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Geez language to be offered as a subject in schools

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Effort underway to offer Geez language, Ethiopia’s ancient language currently restricted in Ethiopian church services, as a subject in schools. 

But the effort is currently in the Amhara region of Ethiopia only. The region’s education office head, Yilkal Kefale, said that it is imperative to make Geez language part of the curriculum, as reported by DW Amharic. 

The office also disclosed that it is making preparations to offer the language in schools. The language is offered in some universities. Recently, the University of Toronto, in Canada, started a program in Geez language. It is also offered in some European universities, including in Germany and Italy, said the report by DW Amharic. 

The language, which has its own unique script,  has made tremendous contributions to literature in Ethiopia for millennia. 

“Because the youth is unfamiliar with the country’s language and because the language is not given the attention it deserves, it did not develop further,” said Professor Tibebu Anteneh who is a language Professor at Bahir Dar University. 

He added that there are up to a million manuscripts written in the language, but the recorded ones are not more than 15,000. 

Gebreab is a geez teacher. He said that the language has been used for culture, philosophy and education, and was not restricted to a single institution. He was implying the Ethiopian church 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Humble Reaction
    The time is way, way, way over due for Ethiopia to wake-up and be ITSELF — NOT a mimicker slave of colonial powers. I gave my humble opinion under another subject matter re: Ethiopian Teachers Association.

    • Why is it that ethiopia has not yet standing fully in her feet. Many talk about other africa ciuntries? Sone enemies within know how colonias lists act when a mation like ethiopia is truing to rise, those enemies within bring up subject like other african ciuntries, somalia, etitrea, etc in order to implicate ethiopia as tryinhg to dominate otger coubtries, as result affect her hrowth, standing on her feet.

  2. It’s about time that Geez being reintroduced in the Ethiopian educational system, Geez is perfectly compatible with our religion, science, research, literature, etc. Excellent decision and steps forward to discovering our historical past and the present invention in expediting our society to the next level.
    Thank you, GOD for guiding us to the principle of what it means to be Ethiopian and Ethiopiawinet.

    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅሕ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

      • If you think 5000 years ago there were no arabs in egynt like today, rulers were geographically, from todays egypt , to eritrea, to duda, to ethiopia to somalia. Islam and colony changed this and that is fact. British brought people from nigeria just like indians to kenya, and settled them in suda, ethiopia and todays, south sudan. Therefore, by yourclaim yhrn, Geez not only part if ethiopia, but throughout region mentioned anove,also, ditto!

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