For those who are against the Esperanto language, mostly from the Western parts of the world, please do not click on to read this article. According to BBC, Esperanto is now regarded as one of the top 100 languages.
I was pained by the data. The question kept circling in my mind and tears were rolling down my cheeks for days.
As my friends were labelling me a stupid junk that who is caring for the ‘non-self ‘ affairs
‘Let the politicians do the job,’ they say.
For awhile, I thought it to be true, but NO! The local politicians are too busy bickering for powers. They only care for the people with intention to fish for votes.
As a former educator, it pains me to see children running wild without the benefit of being educated in school.
Certainly, the data of the Orang Asli (Indigenous people) who had left school would entail many other issues but at least, it would help if our government would be wise enough to introduce Esperanto in the schools.
Let us take a look at this sad data of the Orang Asli. As Kamaruddin (2008), had pointed out that 100 orang asli pupils who entered Primary 1, only 6 of the that 100 would reach Form 5 (Tingkatan 5). The highest dropout rate occurred during the transition between Primary 6 and Form 1 (Tingkatan 1). In 2003, there were 3,333 orang asli pupils leaving Primary schools, but only 1,869 of them proceed to Form 1 (Tingkatan 1).
It is not only the Orang Asli children but also other children from other schools, especially the rural schools. All races are facing the same problem after they have completed Primary 6 but yet could not write a complete sentence in English or Malay, some even fail their mother tongues.
Can they be helped with Esperanto?
Esperanto would not solve all the linguistic problems. At least, the propaedeutice effect could help them pick up other languages easier.
Learning Esperanto requires only a maximum of 200 hours but on ther other hand, learning English needs more than 2000 hours. Esperanto consists of 60% Latin, 30 % German and 10% Slovak and the grammar has the oriental elements.
The Esperanto language was one of the subject for examination in Britain before the Thatcher government discouraged it. However, now the leadership thinks otherwise and they have set aside a research fund for the period of 4 years so as to encourage the schools to teach Esperanto. This project is called the Spring Board.
In short, the British in future would be able to converse and communicate in more than two languages.
If you have linguistic knowledge, you should know that English consists of German roots. Therefore, when a learner who learns Esperanto, it is very much similar to learning English and German at the same time. The grammar of Esperanto is very Asian, you can watch this ten-part short films which is called Esperanto estas which means “Esperanto is”.
Since 1920, many researches have shown that Esperanto is a very economical language but the effect of propaedeutic is enormous.
Many social networks, such as facebook, provide Esperanto pages and in the Open Office documents contains a program for the Esperanto spell check. You can find many Esperanto speakers by searching Esperanto in Facebook, Twitter and even Skype.
Indigenous people through out the world are suffering. Their economy is always slow behind other tribes. Thus, there is an International Esperanto Indigenous People Group to help the Indigenous people to communicate seeking for welfare, which Malaysia Indigenous people should take advantage of it by joining the google group of the Esperanto Indigenous People.
If Malaysia introduces Esperanto in the education system like Burundi and soon the Ulkrain ; the best is teaching it in Primary One, the Orang Asli children would at least be able to control one international language, and at the very least some English, German and also Slavak.
This does not only help the Indigenous people but also the pupils in the rural schools which are not equipped with qualified and capable teachers. At the same time, they do not look to the government for the help, as I had said earlier, they are more interested in political powers than the welfare of the people.
The orang asli children who are not able to converse and communicate in English can consider studying at the Esperanto University. The university does not only have the internal courses but also external courses for the world. According to the China Esperanto monthly magazine, the fee for the external course is only 250 Euro per year. The COCA could be of great hlep if they would take up the project of teaching Esperanto in the orang asli villages through the churches and other means. There are Esperanto bibles too.
The Malays in the rural areas are not being spared either, together with Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan and others.
Orang Asli is a part of our human resources. They are as needed as others to build this country which is called Malaysia.
P/S: For those who are against Esperanto language, mostly from the Western parts of the world, please do not leave your comment here so as to take up space of loyarburok.com. Do not make yourself a fool in front of other readers. Please save yourself from embarrassing instead of getting bricks. Certainly, I would not waste my time to reply to these ‘abnormal’ thinking people. UNESCO recognised Esperanto in 1954 has clearly indicated that Esperanto is a good language. If you disagree with Esperanto, you are disputing the professionals in the world body which is called UNESCO. Read the replies of the late Dr Claude Piron or divert your negative thought to the World Esperanto Association for help or clarification.