Hindko book for elementary learners published 40-page book to be taught in 7 districts

PESHAWAR: An elementary textbook for teaching Hindko language to children has been published and handed to the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Textbook Board. The book has been prepared by noted Hindko writer, poet, linguist and research scholar Professor Dr Elahi Bakhsh Awan who hails from the Walled City of Peshawar and has been living in England for the last almost 20 years. The scholar, who has done hisdoctorate in Linguistics from the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, by carrying out extensive research on the Hindko Phonology and has 35 books and publications to his credit, has taken the pain to explain various aspects of the language for the elementary learners in the 40-page primer, published by a literary, cultural and social welfare organization, Gandhara Hindko Board. The board has published 36 Hindko books so far, including two comprehensive Hindko dictionaries and versified translation of the Holy Quran. It seeks preservation and promotion of theHindko which is sixth main regional language of the country and second widely spoken language of the province.Apart from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the language is also spoken in Attock district of Punjab and both parts of the Kashmir. The book comprises a total of nine chapters. All the 50 alphabets of the Hindko language have been explained with great ease to the basic learners of the language with the help of colourful illustrations. The lesson about the counting is interesting as image tool used for the learning are quite simple and selected carefully keeping in view the interest of the children. The national anthem has been preceded by a poem about Hindko language composed by a noted Hindko poet and educationalist from Zarobi area of Swabi district, Sultan Fareedi. The preface to the book has been written by a noted Hindko researcher and General Secretary of the Gandhara Hindko Board, Mohammad Ziauddin, who has termed the publication a laudable and pain-taking effort by Professor Dr Elahi Bakhsh Awan, the pride of Hindko. It may be mentioned here that the provincial government plans to introduce teaching of various native languages at both public and private sector schools. The Hindko language is spoken in seven out of 25 districts of the province including Peshawar, Nowshera, Swabi, Kohat, Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra. It is the majority language in the last three districts, while the second main language in the first four districts. Under the proposed mother tongue teaching plan, Hindko language would be taught in the above seven districts to the children whose mother language is Hindko. The Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Text Book Board is to ensure publication of books in five languages Pashto, Hindko, Seraiki, Khowar and Kohistani before introducing the new plan of mother language teaching at the educational institutions.F.P. Report.

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