PDI Programs

Endangered Languages Preservation & Revival Program

Some two thirds of the estimated 6,500 languages still spoken throughout the world are in danger of disappearing within the next one to two generations. The UNESO Atlas has classifies at least 27 Pakistani languages as endangered including Brahui language , the only proto Dravidian language being spoken in Balochistan as well as in some parts of Sindh provinces of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran . The loss of any language is not only the loss of the beauty of diversity but also loss of history, culture, and traditions etc which are associated with that language.

Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) through its “Endangered Languages Preservation and Revival Program” is engaged in preservation of different aspects of endangered languages including their folk poetry, folklores etc. Besides, PDI is also engaged in promotion and revival of those languages by finalizing and publishing their alphabet books, promoting the language reading and writing, finalizing the orthography of the languages and creating consensus on the final scripts of those endangered languages. PDI is also engaged in advocacy with the provincial and federal government for declaring all the indigenous languages of the country as national languages of Pakistan and earmarking funds for their promotion and also making primary education in mother languages as compulsory in Pakistan.


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