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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Spain will provide scholarships and exchange programs to the Haitian Creole Academy in a move to help integrate Haitians’ mother tongue into professional settings. Estime Sergo Cuesta, Spain’s Ambassador to Haiti, made the promise during a May 25 forum on Kreyòl.

“Literacy in the mother tongue is needed to ensure the academic success of children,” Sergo Cuesta said in french during the event, titled “The Kreyòl, a scientific language.”

“It doesn’t make sense that some people, unfortunately, don’t know French and have difficulties talking with their own administration, the Haitian administration,” he added.

Cuesta did not provide details on the proffered scholarships and exchange programs.

“We believe a lot in Spain’s support and its desire to integrate Haiti and its language because a country is developed when its language is valued,” said Rogeda Dorcé Dorcil, president of the Haitian Creole Academy.

The Haitian Creole Academy was founded in 2008 to support the development of the Creole language.

See the entire article at: Haitian Times