Language, culture becomes an opportunity for unemployment

06Jul 2016
Abela Msikula
The Guardian
Language, culture becomes an opportunity for unemployment

Culture is defined as beliefs, customs, arts, and ways of thinking and behaving, to mention but a few. It is a short word but contained lot of positives in the society.

Language and Cultures IFLC members performing in Dar es Salaam.

One of the culture most interesting positives is, among others, overcoming unemployment-the serious and pro-longed problem in Tanzania and other developing countries.
Culture fights against un-employment when artistic activities encourage self-employment spirit among youth.

Having discovered that, the Kilimanjaro Dialogue Institute (KDI) has decided promoting school children’s talents in line with art works. It has been organizing the so called International Festival of Language and Cultures (IFLC) in which children show their abilities in art activities.

KDI is a non - profitable and non - partisan organization that deals with intercultural and interfaith-based issues through dialogue. It is composed of professionals like journalists and academician who aim at bringing and maintaining good relationship and peace in the society.

On the other hand, IFLC is an annual celebration that showcases the range of linguistic talents and cultural diversity from around the world. It has over 150 member countries, according to KDI spokesperson, Habib Miradji.

He said that apart from promoting cultures, the festival which is to take place every year in any of the member country; is for producing various international artists and therefore turning talents into self-employment.

“We are all witnesses over the good number of Tanzanian youth who are employed themselves through artistic activities, mostly musicians. We believe they are many who can do the same once are promoted,” he said.

Recently, KDI hosted the IFLC in Dar es Salaam wherein about sixteen countries participated; which are the United States of America, Angola, Albania, South Africa, India, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Peru, France, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Thailand, Ukraine, Mozambique, Senegal and Romania.

The former Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal honored the event whereby he persisted that the festival gives another chance to the youth to appreciate the fact that language and culture constitute another opportunity for addressing unemployment.

“I believe that the youth who is fluent in more than three languages is better placed to development chances than the one who speaks the mother tongue only. I am sure that if such efforts are enhanced, Tanzania’s road to becoming a middle income country by 2025 will have fewer bumps,” said the former VP.

He went on outlining more IFLC benefits that it opens the brains of youth to the reality that they don’t live in an island and builds, instead, the spirit of self-confidence, co-operation and love for their fellow youths the world over and readiness for technology and lifestyles exchange to make the planet a worthy place to live as brothers.

According to him, the world is going through a very difficult period as political clashes taking place in different countries have led to untold bloodshed. These find their root cause in selfishness and divergent opinions in different groups. This bad seed has been planted over so long a time to lead to mutual distrust and fears among nations.

Presence of IFLC therefore, aims at uniting the youth as world citizens and targets to reduce, if not end altogether, hatred and disintegration and open a new page for co-operation and renewed strength for a joint address to problems because unity is strength.

Bilal encouraged parents teaching their children that Language and culture, if properly engaged, build unity and friendship. Tribal inter-relationships grow through cross marriages and going to school or working with people who speak a different language. Through speaking different languages the world is painted into many and attractive colors.

“It is unfortunate that many countries are busy promoting the disintegration of culture and traditional customs and condoning negative practices, which spread like bushfires by using modern communication systems like the television, radio, newspapers, internet, and social media. All these contribute to the creation of an unethical youth segment in society,” he warned.

KDI chairperson Ali Akkiz said that the organization looks forward to visit more private and public schools in search of talented children. Earlier, the festival included pupils from few private schools which set specific time for extracurricular activities in the name of identifying talented students.

Later on, according to him, KDI came across that there are many children in other (private and public) schools with various talents but have no sponsors.

“Let them get ready for IFLC activities in and outside the country. During the event, every participant uses language (s) she/he manages once at the performing stage.
However, there are things participants do share in common, mostly songs as pupils are able learning each other’s language,” he said.

Many people in the society are currently concerned with promoting children’s talents. Few days ago, the physiotherapist Nasra Kondo engaged in the business, targeting children living with HIV/AIDS at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).

Through her physiotherapy club, she conducts the fund raising activities on monthly basis and intends to collect not less than 500, 000/- at every event. She planned to be selling tickets at 10, 000/- per an adult and 5, 000 /- for the child.

“Given that no any victim continued with secondary school education, some are interested in various professionals such as welding, and motor cars engineering at local garages, to mention a few; but have no means to accomplish their dreams. The same applied to those who are good at painting, drawing and singing,” she said.

The targeted victims are over 200 who have been meeting at the national hospital every Thursday to collect Antiretrovirals (ARV), according to her.

She called up on other stakeholders’ support as children have various and different needs; adding that responding to people living with HIV-Aids HIV/Aids is one way to prevent discrimination and stigmatization notion among them.

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