The Seychelles Writers’ Association locally referred to as “Lardwaz” has revealed their proposed calendar of activities for the year 2015 during a short ceremony held last Saturday which coincided with the 16th International Mother Language Day. In addition, the association’s committee members.also addressed some of the issues that affect the organization such as the lack of funds and visibility.
Since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), declared in 1999 the observance of Mother Language Day, the 21 February of every year is observed worldwide as the International Mother Language Day. This helps to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
This year’s theme is “Inclusion in and through education: Language counts”.
To commemorate this special day, the association for Seychellois writers, “Lardwaz” presented their proposed calendar of activities for the year 2015 during a small ceremony held last Saturday at the National Arts Council (NAC) in Victoria. The ceremony was attended by the chief executive officer of NAC, Jimmy Savy, poets and literature enthusiasts alike as well as members of the local press.
Some of the said activities for this year will coincide with the World Poetry Day and the International Francophonie Day which will both take place in March. Lardwaz also seeks to promote poetry competitions in all secondary and post-secondary schools across Seychelles.
In a short speech, Mr Savy delivered a few encouraging remarks and applauded the initiative of the Seychelles Writers’ Association and he described the association as being the result of a concerted effort by NAC and certain individuals who believe in the ability of local writers to make their mark in the literary world. Mr Savy went on to explain that writing is a means of positioning the country and its people in the world as well as a powerful instrument for educating and entertaining people.
Lardwaz depends entirely on the public taking to reading. Therefore our schools, parents, and members of the general public including government organizations must try get behind the association’s initiatives to promote local literary works in Seychelles,” he added.
For his part, Reuben Lespoir, a member of the committee of the Seychelles Writers’ Association highlighted some of the issues that affect the organisation such as the lack of funds and visibility. Mr Lespoir invited the crowd who attended the ceremony to express their views on the ways local literary works in Seychelles could be exposed on a bigger platform.
The ceremony ended with poetry recitals by members of Lardwaz including artists such as Raspyek, Helda Marie and Marie Clarisse who is the chairperson of the Seychelles Writers’ Association.
Courtesy of The TODAY‘s newspaper