General Directorate of Syriac Studies in Iraq celebrates International Mother Language Day

BAGHDAD — On International Mother Language Day, the General Directorate of Syriac Studies held an event on Monday at the Hall of Iraq Educational TV in the Educational Complex in Baghdad.

During the event, Director-General of Syriac Studies Imad Salem Jajo delivered a speech in which he stressed the importance of education in the mother tongue. Jajo pointed out the important role played by the General Directorate of Syriac Studies and its teaching cadres in spreading and teaching the Syriac language, calling on the cadres to continue working hard to teach this cultural heritage to future generations.

Then Assistant Director General of the General Directorate of Syriac Studies Anne Andrawas delivered a speech, in which she congratulated the General Directorate of Syriac Studies on the International Mother Language Day, and referred to the historical depth of the Syriac language and its stages of development,

After that, Director of Supervision and Training Affairs Department Florence Behnam delivered a speech in which she stressed that the celebration of International Mother Language Day takes place to strengthen the ties between our Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people.

The event included reciting several poems about the Syriac language, after which a video of a Syriac poem, Our Language, translated into Arabic was shown.

An intervention by Ibrahim Ishaq was also presented. Ishaq expressed his appreciation for the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people who have taken it upon themself to teach their children their mother tongue.

Jajo congratulated all educational and academic cadres in educational and cultural institutions that deal with the Syriac language, calling for adherence to the mother tongue and keenness on its development and continuity.

In an interview with Suroyo TV via Skype, Jajo indicated that the Syriac language is being taught in Iraqi schools by the cadres of the Directorate. “Article 4 of the Iraqi Constitution stipulates that the Syriac language is considered an official language in areas where Syriac speakers constitute a population density,” Jajo stated, adding that the Iraqi Parliament approved the Official Languages Law.