BANDUNG-Vice Governor of West Java Deddy Mizwar officially opened Local Language National Congress at Merdeka Building in Bandung, on Tuesday (02.08.16). The Congress of Local Language held for the first and attended by hundreds of participants from different background starting from teachers, language researchers, students, journalists, artists and community groups concerned about local languages ??in Indonesia.
The efforts to preserve the local language is the goal of the congress which is initiated by the provincial government through the Department of Tourism and Culture, the Rancage Cultural Foundation and Language Development Agency of ??Kemendikbud.
"To preserve local language is very important and urgent. Indonesia as the second country with the widest variety of languages in the world has almost 800 languages, 169 of these languages ??are now endangered due to the surge of globalization and its speaker is only 500 to 1000 people" he said.
"In Indonesia, Local Languages which only has under 500 speaker is one in Sumatra, 12 in Sulawesi, eight in Kalimantan and 28 in Maluku, if the Government does not take any immediate response, through documentation the number of endangered local language will continue to rise because there is no more young people who use it," said Deddy ,
Through this congress, Deddy hopes that public awareness to get involved in preserving local language will increase. "The spirit of this congress could be the capital for our nation to preserve local languages ??through documentation," he said.
This congress is also a strategic step for the provincial government to implement initiative No. 14 of 2014 on the preservation of language, local literature and literacy. "Supposedly every region doing this as mandated by the Act," he said.
The Government of West Java also plans to finance the upcoming Congress and expect Sundanese people will be proud of their local language.
During the congress, The Rancage Cultural Foundation bestows prizes to Sundanese, Javanese, Balinese and Batak authors. Hardjapamengkas award was also given to Sundanese teachers in elementary, middle and high schools.
The latest Sundanese Dictionary which is the work of Rancage Cultural Foundation was also launched at this Congress.