Kyrgyzstan will launch a one-month campaign in all educational institutions of the country to promote the Kyrgyz language from September 23 to October 23.
The Ministry of Education explained the event will take place to mark the 25th anniversary of the state language of Kyrgyzstan, which will be celebrated on 23 September.
Within a month, scientific conferences, seminars, essay competitions, exhibitions and open lessons will be conducted.
Kyrgyz is a Turkic language spoken by about four million people in Kyrgyzstan as well as China, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Russia. Kyrgyz is a member of the Kyrgyz-Kipchak subgroup of the Kypchak languages, and modern-day language convergence has resulted in an increasing degree of mutual intelligibility between Kyrgyz and Kazakh.
Kyrgyz was originally written in the Turkic runes, gradually replaced by an Arabic alphabet. Between 1928 and 1940, the Latin-based Uniform Turkic Alphabet was used. In 1940, a Cyrillic alphabet eventually became common and has remained so to this day, though some Kyrgyz still use the Arabic alphabet.
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