By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - Beatrice Kiraso, the former greater Tooro Woman Member of Parliament has urged students to embrace their mother languages as a way of promoting their cultural heritage. While presiding over the handover ceremony of the KIU Tooro Students Association at KIU on Saturday March 28, 2021, Kiraso said that local languages are tap roots to every culture.
She urged students to endeavor to learn to speak the best English because it helps in communicating professionally but as well try as much as possible to keep track of their mother tongue in order to keep and promote their cultural heritage.
"It is a pity that some of you don’t know your mother tongues very well. I am not saying you should not speak good English, please do because it helps in professional communication but still our native languages are important for identification and the promotion of our cultures. Some one should be able to hear you speak Runyoro-rutoro to identify your heritage,’’ Kirabo emphasized.
She added that fluency in native languages is key while communicating with people who never got a chance to go to school, especially those in villages.