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Kanak languages gaining popularity again in New Caledonia

Kanak languages gaining popularity again in New Caledonia

Posted 15 April 2010, 16:04 AEST

An increasing number of parents in New Caledonia's South Province are signing pre-school children up to learn indigenous Kanak lanaguages.

Although they're commonly taught in schools across the Loyalty Islands and North Province, where a much higher percentage of the population is Kanak, the option is relatively new in the more European South Province.

At the moment classes are available only high school students, and since 2006, pre-school children. But the option is so popular, particularly among non-Kanaks, that it appears a countrywide interest in the languages is being revived.

Presenter: Helene Hofman

Marie-Helene Hnamuko, Co-ordinator, Kanak Language and Culture program, South Province; Yamel Euritein, Xaracuu Cultural Researcher, Centre Culturel Tjibaou; Jacques Vernaudon, Linguistics teacher, University of New Caledonia; Rosette Mataika, Kanak Language and Culture teacher, Ecole des Orchidees, Noumea.

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