The Day of Roma Language is marked
November 5, 2018
On the occasion of the Romani Language Day, the Office of the Language Commissioner (OLC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) organized a roundtable with the aim of promoting and cultivating Romani language and culture in the Republic of Kosovo.
This important event, apart from the Language Commissioner Slavisa Mladenovic, was attended by senior representatives of MEST, members of Roma civil society, Romani language instructors and teachers, representatives of the Council of Europe, OSCE, media representatives and citizens.
In his address, Commissioner Mladenovic said that marking this day is associated with hope, because the Romani language and culture occupy a special place in all the linguistic diversity spoken in Kosovo and that respect for the Romani language represents a European value which should be cultivated even in our setting.
In the course of the roundtable, it was said that the Romani language needs institutional support to ensure continuation of teaching the Romani language in schools, preservation of the standard Romani language and the promotion of Romani language in continuity through various activities.
The Romani language day, November 5, is marked as a special day across Europe. It is worth mentioning that Kosovo has for the first time officially marked this activity.
Office of the Language Commissioner was established in April 2012 under auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister, pursuant to Regulation br.07/2012. The Office is mandated to oversee the implementation of the law on languages, works with institutions to improve the implementation of the law and promote and protect the right on the use of the language of all communities in Kosovo