BY NANA KWABENA AGYARE
The 2018 RTP local newscaster of the year, Bonohene Baffour Awuah has urged Ghanaians not to forget who they are and what distinguishes them from other people, “that is our language.”
Mr Awuah revealed that he would start a nationwide tour of various schools to help school children understand the need to value “our local languages.”
He justified the move is to inculcate into the next generation the confidence to boldly speak any of our local languages to share ones thoughts if they’re unable to speak English. He explained that many people would rather keep mute than share an intelligent idea because they cannot speak English.
According to him, people who speak our various local languages in public are not given respect because there’s a stereotype that they are not intelligent.
This, he said, was the reason why many parents are now preventing their kids from speaking local languages. He said an institution like the Ghana Education Service is failing to prioritise the study of local languages schools and is rather encouraging that school children study French, a foreign language. ”
French and English are important languages. But it’s unfortunate our kids can no longer express themselves in our local languages. What does that say about us as a people? ”We must understand that our culture, that is food, language and others give us recognition globally and this attracts tourists,” he noted.
He urged the Ministry responsible for cultural affairs to do more to promote the study of culture in schools. The Agoo TV morning show host said it is sad how Ghanaian parents are “forgoing our rich culture.”
The 2018 RTP Newscaster of the year (Local language) expressed gratitude to everyone who supported him throughout his career.