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PROJECTS Culture Caribbean Dominica - Palé Kwéyòl exceeds all expectations

Dominica - Palé Kwéyòl exceeds all expectations

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Thanks to the Youth of Dominica, UNESCO and numerous other partners, Dominicans can say today that the Kwéyòl culture, particularly the language, is on the path to restoration. The Palé Kwéyòl project, which was designed to teach the Kwéyòl language and culture, has been successfully implemented, exceeding the expectations of many.

Who's involved?

Project leader: Jahisiah Jeremiah Benoit

Lead organisation: Youth Culture and Heritage Movement

Other organisations: The Goodwill Secondary School SIV club; Grammar School adventure club; Youth Culture and Heritage Movement, as well as cultural groups from across the island of Dominica; The National Youth Council, Youth Division and the Cultural Division

Timeframe: August 2005 - February 2006

Objectives: 

  • At least seventy (70) young individuals will be able to speak conversational Creole.
  • At least five students will become tutors when the program is repeated hence doubling the amount of students that can attend the Creole classes.
  • Young individuals island wide will speak the Creole language more frequently.
  • Youth will be given an incentive to show an appreciation of their Creole Culture.
  • Create at least two (2) opportunities for young individuals and professionals to show case their Creole talent.
  • To get parents of the youth to teach them the language when assisting them in our activities.

Activities: 

  • Conduct classes in conversational Creole for 70 young people, provide for the training of five young tutors and at least two field trips to cultural and heritage sites.
  • Using a questionnaire evaluate the success of the Creole classes among 20 of the participants.
  • Prepare one educational Creole video and distribute copies to participating schools.
  • Organise at least two participatory events where young people can showcase their Creole talent.
  • Undertake publicity and promotional activities using radio, television and print media.
  • Provide photographs and at least 60 minutes video footage of the various events and activities.

Results:

Activities such as the Kwéyòl March, Kwéyòl classes, Kwéyòl radio program and the first ever Kwéyòl Spelling Bee have left a permanent mark in the minds of Dominicans who are expressing their desire for the program to be repeated. The outputs of the project will prove that once given the opportunity and resources, young people can make a meaningful contribution to our culture and independence celebrations.

Downloads:
Language Class Unit
Workplan
Project Proposal
Final Report [.pdf 323Kb]

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