The government through the assistance of UNICEF has printed 28 000 Kalanga textbooks for primary schools in Mangwe district.
Addressing delegates attending a national indaba on minority languages and minority cultures in Bulawayo on Wednesday, Higher and Tertiary Education deputy Minister Lutho Tapela said the programme also aims at bringing minority languages into the mainstream education system.
“The programme of teaching these languages has started and schools are already internally examining these pupils,” said Tapela.
Tapela said there are 18 000 pupils who are set to benefit from the batch and noted that the remaining 10 000 copies would be given parents.
Tapela who is also the Senator for Mangwe district urged people who speak minority languages to be proud of their dialects and protect them from extinction.
Meanwhile, Tapela said government will next year introduce a minority languages department at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic in Gwanda to promote teaching of local languages at tertiary institutions.