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Sami gets academic boost. Nordland County’s Nord University in Bodø with new Sami language courses to students undergoing teacher training. The Southern Sami and Lule Sami modules are intended to address Norway’s critical shortage of educators with these skills in Norway. Associate Professor Asbjørn Kolberg at the University’s Faculty for Teacher Training, Art, and Culture, also explains that these would be part of the institution’s regular Master’s-level programme.

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Sami gets academic boost

Published on Thursday, 9th February, 2017 at 11:44 under the news in brief category, by Sarah Bostock.

Nordland County’s Nord University in Bodø with new Sami language courses to students undergoing teacher training.

Sápmi territory
Sápmi territory
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The Southern Sami and Lule Sami modules are intended to address Norway’s critical shortage of educators with these skills in Norway.

Associate Professor Asbjørn Kolberg at the University’s Faculty for Teacher Training, Art, and Culture, also explains that these would be part of the institution’s regular Master’s-level programme.

Currently, students have to prolong their studies by an extra year when they have selected these options.

“Students would be able to take their Sami specialisation [modules] and simultaneously be part of a larger peer body,” he says.

The Associate Professor is one of a team of three members of the Sami teacher training project team. members.

Researcher and Historian Håkon Hermanstrand adds that the proposed new study options will also help the institution attain its goal of having homegrown, rather than foreign multicultural knowledge experts.

According to him, the fact that the Sami population has had several hundred years to develop these skills is overlooked.

“I also get the impression that Primary School pupils learn more about Native Americans, the Inuit, and Indians than they do about the Scandinavian Indigenous People,” Mr Hermanstrand comments.

Nord University’s Southern Sami and Lule Sami project has received funding from the Nordland County Governor. It is hoped that students will be able to enroll on this to start in the autumn of 2018.

The Sami live in the territory called Sápmi, which spans across the Arctic Circle over Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Other Sami languages are Northern, Pite, Inari, Ter, Skilt, Kildin, and Ume.



Published on Thursday, 9th February, 2017 at 11:44 under the news in brief category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: sami, language, history, norway, sweden, russia, finland, paywall.





  
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