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Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – The pilot project on developing Co Tu written language, funded by Norway’s FARO AS organisation, has proved effective after one year of implementation.

Accordingly, 59 out of 63 first-grade pupils in two elementary schools in A Luoi and Nam Dong districts, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue scored over 5 out of 10 points during the end-of-term test, 14 of them earned 9-10 point.

The organisation also funded another pilot project  on developing Co Tu written language for fourth and fifth-grade primary student and Pa Ko, Ta Oi written languages for first, second and third-grade primary students.

The project aims to contribute to the maintenance and development of written languages for Co Tu, Pa Ko and Ta Oi ethnic groups, thus preserving and developing their cultural values.

Earlier, the provincial Department of Education and Training, in collaboration with of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences organised a course teaching Co Tu scripts for Co Tu teachers in Nam Dong and A Luoi districts.

Co Tu is one of the ethnic minority groups in Thua Thien-Hue, which plays an important role in the local socio-economic development.

Co Tu language is used as their mother tongue. However, like many other ethnic minority groups, Co Tu people’s written language is at risk of falling in oblivion, which hinders the preservation and development of their cultural values.-VNA