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Creole Language and Culture Research Institute has been officially launched at the University of Seychelles

Creole Language and Culture Research Institute has been officially launched at the University of Seychelles (Forimmediaterelease.net) A Creole Language and Culture Research Institute has been officially launched at the University of Seychelles. The launch was held during the recent Festival Kreol at the university campus, Anse Royale, by the Seychelles Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley.

Attending the ceremony were the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Alain St.Ange; Principal Secretary for Culture Benjamine Rose; the institute’s Director, Penda Choppy; and Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Denis Hardy, among other guests.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Mrs. Choppy said the main aim is to promote the Creole language, but it will also give students the chance to do research on other aspects of the country’s culture.

“A lot of emphasis is put on the preservation of natural environment, and so an institution for Blue Economy has been created, thus it is fitting to have one for our Creole language,” she said.

Mrs. Choppy also spoke on the International Creole Institute which she used to head. She added that it will focus more on the development of the Creole language.

The International Creole Institute focuses its research on the development the Creole orthography, whereas the new institute will not be restricted to only research but it will look at other features of the Creole language, Mrs. Choppy said, adding that both institutes will work together.

On his part, Minister St.Ange, who was holding the Culture portfolio at that time, said there is a need to value, defend, and preserve the Seychelles Creole language and to impress on the Seychellois society to value its vitality. “Our culture is our food, our music, and our dancing, yes, but at the center of our culture is our people and their Creole language. It is our duty, each and every one of us, to work together to ensure our national pride reflects our unique and rich culture," said Minister Alain St.Ange

The first activity organized by the institute was a discussion on climate change and culture, under the theme “Kreolite: En stratezi pour adres sanzman dan bann pti zil.” The discussion was organized by the institute in collaboration with Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S).

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