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Nambya Language At Risk Of Extinction

Nambya Language At Risk Of Extinction

The Hwange community is worried that their language may disappear completely due to a lack of qualified Nambya teachers.

The Nambya language was elevated to Ordinary and Advanced Level examination level beginning in 2015.

Before that, only Ndebele and Shona were recognised as examinable indigenous languages in schools.

However, research done by The Citizen Bulletin shows that there are few teachers who speak the language.

As a result, learners in Hwange are choosing Ndebele, not their native Nambya.

Gabriel Shoko, one of the custodians of the Nambya culture, said that a lack of qualified Nambya teachers is making it difficult to elevate the Nambya language. Said Shoko:

I blame the responsible authorities for this. The Nambya language, like any other language, needs a professional teacher to educate the learners.

We appreciate the establishment of Hwange Teachers College and we are hoping that the college will also produce teachers who are not going to help in digging the grave of the Nambya language.

Onita Sibanda, a parent with a child learning in one of the schools in Hwange, said:

I would have preferred my child to learn Nambya as a subject but what disheartened me is that most teachers who are teaching Nambya cannot even construct a simple sentence in the language.

My daughter who was in the third grade once had homework in the Nambya subject which was sent via WhatsApp.

Parents asked the teacher to explain the homework but that teacher failed to construct a sentence and explain her homework.

Instead, she confirmed that she did not even know Nambya.

Nambya is one of the indigenous languages spoken mainly in the Hwange district and in some parts of Binga in northwestern Zimbabwe.

The language is recognised in the Zimbabwean Constitution alongside 15 others.

More: The Standard


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22 Comments

ini 1 month ago

even maNambya acho they deserve to be extincted **** dzevakadzi mishonga yoga vapedza varume vevanhu vachiteya paHighway....


Gabadela 1 month ago

One thing I've noticed about Nambya as a language of instruction is that there are no high schools in Hwange that offer the language. Hwange district has one boarding high school of note,Marist Brothers and you can't expect all the Nambya learners to be enrolled at this school. This forces learners yo be enrolled at schools in other districts like Mabhikwa, Fatima in Lupane and Binga High in Binga where the language is not taught. This forces parents to then have their children learn other languages coz their language is not taught in their preferred schools.


👽 1 month ago

truth be told in zimbabwe all these local languages are done for.without English you cant even to the simplest of thing even getting an id that form where they harshly put your fingerprints on is written in English. opening a bank account.taking vid provisional test,birth certificate,death certificate, hospital medical,loan forms,99 year land leases municipal bills, Court papers, police tickets, all bloody English.

whats the reason 4 even teaching these language's at school its clear they are being ditched left right n center


Jinx 1 month ago

Yep..they are slowly dying.

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Hakaboy 1 month ago

As so what do u think can be done, we want your suggestion


Jinx 1 month ago

Pakutoda a shift in culture and more involvement of Zimhos in the tech space. That would be difficult as English is considered fancy just as @J said.
It's crash landing to me...

Jinx 1 month ago

Most native languages will definitely be diluted in time..some will die.
Most of the people i know can't make a single Shona sentence without slanging or using English words. It will come a time were languages will be a mix of one gibberish and the other.... technology, culture are all to blame


J 1 month ago

how right you are.its now a struggle to speak fluent shona without any English. Even school children are being taught shona from grade4 going up,from grade 1to3 its all English because parents want their children to speak English for them to be satisfied that the school has quality education

Ululu 1 month ago

I hate people vasinga pindurire vanhu mu thread yavo...kuisa pa main thread kuda kuonekwa here? Pindura munhu pasi pe message yake kuti zvi oneke


Ululu 1 month ago

Very well then..

👽 1 month ago

if one is using the pindula app pane ka error karipo kekuti munhu aka commenter ot the story iwew uchipa reply kumunhu, your reply somehow automatically is added to the main thread also if you are using the pindula app you press reply yiu dont even know kuti urimu reply or main thread so take it easy mr OCD

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

@Maravaza, thank you for cutting a long story short. it needs a bit of time and understanding.

languages at home are disrupted by bringing in a Ndebele maid to look after a Nambya kid...


Gaffer 1 month ago

Dacool::::: being gay is a sin just know that u homo****ual fool.stop other man from plucking you in the ass. own up to your manhood

Ululu 1 month ago

Pindura munhu pasi pe message yake. Ukuda kuonekwa here?

DaCool 1 month ago

Nambya people are **** who came from all the way Masvingo now they feel pain of learning Ndebele nxaa Shit mani .Vele What type of a country to have 16 languages ,they are too many languages in this country

South Africa is an example of a developed country but there are about 7to 8 languages ,Zulu,Xhosa,Sotho,Ndebele,Peti , Afrikaans,English


Putin 1 month ago

Its called Republic of Zimbabwe kkkkk die young look smart in your coffin

Mᴀʀᴀᴠᴀᴢᴀ 1 month ago

Oᴜʀ ɴᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇs ᴀʀᴇ ᴛᴀᴜɢʜᴛ ᴀᴛ ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴇ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ ᴀᴛ sᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ɪs ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴀᴄᴀᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ ᴀɴᴅ ᴏғ ɴᴏ ᴜsᴇ. Nᴀᴍʙʏᴀ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇ ᴡᴏɴ'ᴛ ᴅɪᴇ ᴀs ʟᴏɴɢ ᴀs ɪᴛ ɪs sᴘᴏᴋᴇɴ ɪɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛɪᴇs. Aʟᴍᴏsᴛ ᴀʟʟ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇs ᴀʀᴇ ʀᴇᴄᴏɢɴɪᴢᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏɴsᴛɪᴛᴜɪᴏɴ, ᴛʜɪs ɪs ᴛᴏ ɢɪᴠᴇ ᴀ sᴇᴍʙʟᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴏғ ᴇǫᴜᴀʟɪᴛʏ, ɪɴ Zɪᴍ ᴀɴᴅ Sᴜʙ-Sᴀʜᴀʀᴀɴ Aғʀɪᴄᴀ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ᴀ ᴍᴜsᴛ ᴛᴏ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ ɪɴ ᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴏᴘᴇɴ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ɢʀᴇᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴏғ ᴏᴘᴘᴏʀᴛᴜɴɪᴛɪᴇs.


tanakastyle 1 month ago

better recruit Bio Mundimba the kujata jata hit maker


tanakastyle 1 month ago

better recruit Bio Mundimba the kujata jata hit maker


Daudi 1 month ago

kkkk Funny language.huy tizhe shazha,you will be talking like a toddler
Yaa at least we need to have qualified teachers who are able to speak n teach Nambya


kelvin 1 month ago

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