Online appeal for studying Belarusian Latin script at school

GOMEL REGION, BELARUS - OCTOBER 4, 2017: A maths teacher gives a lesson at the Kolno village school ahead of International Teachers' Day celebrated on October 5 in Belarus. Viktor Drachev/TASS

The appeal authors are asking to add the hours of studying the Belarusian Latin alphabet – “an integral part of the Belarusian language” — to the studies of the Belarusian language.

They consider it ridiculous that the school curriculum does not have the Belarusian Latin script studies, even though it is now used in the names of streets, stops and subway stations.

“As a result, many Belarusians do not understand it. Certain acquaintance with the Belarusian Latin script in the school curriculum will also allow better understanding of the grammar of other Slavonic languages in the Latin alphabet (Polish, Czech and others),” reads the address.

The authors of the initiative offer to study the Latin script in the Belarusian language classes.

The petition will be sent to the Ministry of Education on October 27.

At the time of publication, 378 people has signed the appeal.

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