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Government Committee supported the Concept for the development of Crimean Tatar language

Published 01 April 2021, at 13:26

On April 1st, 2021, the Government Committee on reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories and social policy, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Oleksii Reznikov at its session supported the draft Concept for the development of the Crimean Tatar language, developed by the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT in cooperation with the bodies concerned, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, specialized scientific and educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and experts, including those located in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city.

It was developed as a priority measure to implement the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 78/2021 "On certain measures aimed at the de-occupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city."

The concept defines the basic approaches and main directions for the development of Strategy of development of the Crimean Tatar language for 2022-2032, which should be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine by August 2nd, 2021.

"The Ministry for Reintegration of TOT expresses its gratitude to all those who took part in the development of the Concept, who provided their proposals at the stage of electronic consultations. The next step is to submit the draft Concept to the Government, and upon its approval we will start to work on the Strategy of the development of the Crimean Tatar language for 2022-2032 and the Action Plan for its implementation. This will allow to prepare a quality document that will provide a synergy of activities of the government bodies, local governments, civil society institutions, scholars and educators," noted the speaker on the issue at the Governmental Committee, the First Deputy Minister for Reintegration of TOT Rostyslav Zamlynskyi.

He noted that the measures within the framework of the Concept will be directed at the legislative, institutional, organizational, financial, informational and other support of the Crimean Tatar language as the language of one of the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, at the expansion of the spheres of its usage,  encourage its study among citizens of Ukraine regardless of their ethnicity, popularization among different age groups, especially among youth, which will not only contribute to the preservation and development of a unique socio-cultural phenomenon, factor of self-identity and self-reproduction of indigenous people, but also provide additional prerequisites for restoration of territorial integrity and state sovereignty of Ukraine.

The position of the Crimean Tatar language in Ukraine as the basic Turkic language, the knowledge of which opens the access to cultural values and practical opportunities for cooperation with the whole range of Turkic-speaking countries, is seen as perspective. In accordance with the Decree of the President of Ukraine, the Concept also reflects the thesis on the support of the development of the Crimean Tatar language on the basis of the Latin script.

"The Concept and the future Strategy read on the information that should have been implemented 30 years ago. An important emphasis is the use of not only individual formal indicators, but the entire set of UNESCO criteria to assess the effectiveness of the future Strategy to determine the status of endangered languages. I particularly want to thank the Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tamila Tasheva for the support provided for the position of the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT during the consideration of the issue at the session of Government Committee," noted Rostyslav Zamlynskyi.

As stated in the Concept, according to the UNESCO classification (UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger, 2010), the Crimean Tatar language belongs to severely endangered languages. However, according to the assessment conducted by the specialists of the A.Yu. Krymskiy Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, due to the negative trends of recent years, it is considered to be a critically endangered language.

The work on the revitalization of the Crimean Tatar language will take place within the framework of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, established by the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 74/396 dated from December 2nd, 2019, co-sponsor of which is Ukraine.

Let us recall, that by the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 74/396 dated from December 2nd, 2019, the period from 2022 to 2032 is proclaimed to be the International Decade of Indigenous Languages in order to draw attention to the problem of the loss of such languages.

Therefore, the Government of Ukraine, inter alia the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT, launched work on the Strategy for Development and Popularization of the Crimean Tatar Language at the end of 2020. In particular, the Concept of the future Strategy was published in January.

Let us also recall, that the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT appealed to Google LLC with the request to include Crimean Tatar language in Google Translate service, as well as appealed to Duolingo Inc., which is the most popular platform for learning foreign languages in the world, with the offer to launch a Crimean Tatar language course on the basis of their service.