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Oromoo: US College to offer Afaan Oromo Classes
Adjunct Instructor Mathias Gudina will be teaching a two-level
course, Afaan Oromo I and II, starting this fall to introduce
students to one of the ancient and most widely spoken languages in
Considered the lingua franca of
Beginning this September, MCTC students will be able to advance themselves in Afaan Oromo. “This introductory course series will teach you how to read, write and speak the Oromo language as well as master Qubee Afaan Oromoo (the Oromo alphabet),” reads the online course description.
The idea for teaching Afaan Oromo as one of several foreign language
courses offered by the college came when associate Professor
Both courses are open to all students and the general public. Since the course is new, it is expected that primarily Oromo speakers will sign up, however Gudina hopes that some non-Oromo speakers will also enroll in the class.
Gudina has taught Afaan Oromo since 1993 in Europe, Oromia, and the
“I wanted to take [the course] to higher education where there are more opportunities to use technology and a support system to deliver quality teaching,” Gudina said in an email response to OPride.
The New Education and Training Policy allowed native languages to be established in school systems. Since 1994, Afaan Oromo is the official language of the Oromia region and is taught in both high schools and colleges.
In order to become a professional in Oromo linguistics, literature
and language, colleges in Oromia region now offer a BA in Afaan
One of the lower Cushitic language groups, Afaan Oromo is also
spoken in parts of neighboring East and Horn of African countries
In a world where technology has established English as the dominant global language, preserving foreign languages or taking language courses are as culturally significant as ever. Cognizant of this significance, Oromo activists from around the world took to social media to celebrate the news last week when it first became public.
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