The International Day of Creole Language and Culture, October 28, is commemorated annually since 1983 in several countries and communities of Creole-speaking migrants
Santo Domingo, Friday, November 2, 2018 – As part of the commemoration of the International Day of Creole, the Zile Foundation and the Haitian Center for International Relations for Development (CHRID), with the support of the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y maestra (PUCMM), organized the first binational conference on Linguistic communication under the theme “Role of Creole in exchanges between Haitian and Dominican people”
Civil servants, academics, religious and social actors shared with the assistance of academics and members of community associations knowledge and experience in teaching or learning Haitian Creole in the Republic Dominican Republic.
The debates at the PUCMM auditorium in Santo Domingo were opened by the philosopher David Alvarez, dean of the faculty of human sciences of the University and vice-president of the Zile Foundation who put the emphasis on “the need to promote linguistic communication by learning the languages spoken in the two countries of the island”
In this context, he also announced that a symposium on Spanish will take place next year in Haiti.
For the Director of Relations with Haiti, the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sucre Felix, it is an “important initiative that contributes enormously to the strengthening of ties between Haiti and the Dominican Republic
The Dominican official pointed out that at the Ministry's diplomatic school, “other entities of the Dominican State show great interest in enrolling in the Creole course that we offer our diplomatic agents “. He particularly pointed out the case of the national emergency service 911 where some operators have communication difficulties when they receive calls from Haitian nationals. “
The Haitian government was represented by Mr Pradel Henriquez, Chief of Staff from the Minister of Culture Jean Michel Lapin, prevented at the last minute
His representative pointed out two aspects. “The Creole language as an essential element of Haitian culture and the link between culture and migration in the case of Haitian nationals found on Dominican soil.”
For his part, Magistrate Alcedo Magarin, founder of the Institute of American training, management and leadership (Spanish abbreviation IFGLA) has spoken on “Creole as an instrument of island conviviality” by appealing to a wider promotion of “this language that unites us with our neighbors”.
Professor Juan Thomas Olivero of the Barahona campus of the State University (UASD) who rejected nationalist divisional discourses in both countries, advocated for an island-based development approach that involves language learning, especially Creole language. is the language of the majority in Haiti.
Two Episcopalian bishops also spoke at the activity. Archbishop Telesforo Isaac, the first Dominican bishop who studied at the Anglican seminary of Montrouis (Haiti) in the 1950s where he learned Creole and Bishop Julio C. Holguín who pushed the creation of the “Haitian Pastoral” in the Dominican diocese. Similarly, the Catholic priest Julio Acosta a late Creole
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