Project launching ceremony of preservation of
Kalasha language and culture held
Chitral Times Report
Bumburate: A project launching ceremony held at
Kalasha Dur (Kalasha Culture Center), Mumuret. The project has been
funded by National Rural Support Programme, under Small Grants and
Ambassador Fund Program of USAID in partnership with implementing
partner Ayun and Valleys Development Programme.
Mr. Wazir Zada manager AVDP a local support organization briefed
participant about role of AVDP and projects done so far in union
council Ayun. He also spoke about the importance of language and
culture preservation, he added that ‘’it’s high time we should work
for the preservation of Kalasha language and culture, and it’s an
opportunity now we could mobilize financial resources to document
oral tradition’’ he thanked NRSP and USAID for approving the
important project for the Kalasha peoples.
While briefing the participant language and culture development
officer of the project, Mr. Luke Rehmat shared a power point
presentation and highlighted budget heads to the participants
categorical where the amount would be use and how it would works.
He also spoke about the role of community linguist and Kalasha
peoples, he said that ‘’ it needs to take ownership by the
community members to best utilizes the resources to work for the
preservation of intangible cultural heritage of the community’’
Rehmat requested chief guest Mr. Akram assistant commissioner
Chitral to include Kalasha language in school curriculum in order
to help the preservation efforts strengthen.
Assistant commissioner Chitral Mr. Akram highlighted values and
importance of Kalasha culture who are living in three v-shaped
valleys of Chitral. He asked Kalasha community to submit memorandum
of understand by the end of project and assured the community that
he will work to include Kalasha language in curriculum at
government schools in Kalasha valleys.
A large number of people from three valleys were present on the
occasion. A number of people shared their view including country
director Islamic Relief, Mr.Saifullah Jan Chairman AVDP, Mr. Sher
Zareen field operation NRSP, Mr. Mir Bacha, Ms. Sichen Gul,
minority councillor from Rukmu valley Jam Shahi, Mr. Yasir Ali,
Sher Mohd and Sher Mast were also spoke on the day launching
Later the participants enjoyed musical event, a number guest were
seen on occasion and enjoyed the musical event held in Kalasha Dur.
Kalasha community also praises effort of NRSP, USAID and AVDP for
the preservation of their cultural heritage.