“Today, there are more than 400 Ukrainian language mastery areas in Ukraine”, Taras Kremin, State Language Protection Commissioner said on the air of Espresso TV.
“Recently, we have updated information about free courses, spoken clubs, and online resources for mastering and raising the level of proficiency in Ukrainian on the author's website. There are about 415 locations that we can offer to Ukrainian citizens. It was my initiative to create a detailed network of free language courses. Local authorities - whether they are from the west, south or center of the country - eagerly joined this work, as well as activity on approval and development of regional, city programs for the promotion of the state language”, Taras Kremin underlined.
Speaking about the survey on the development of the Ukrainian language, which was launched in the "Kyiv Digital" application and will last until January 31, the Commissioner emphasized that he hopes that Kyiv will gain momentum and demonstrate to all of Ukraine how to improve the language situation.
"There is a huge number of internally displaced persons in Kyiv, the diplomatic missions operate there. The Ukrainian language is heard from the mouths of the leaders of major countries who speak on the highest podiums. Therefore, of course, there should be much more Ukrainian in the capital and in every city and town of Ukraine.
The capital must remain the legislator of linguistic fashion. I hope that the results of this survey will lead to the adoption of the planned language strategy, as well as the corresponding city program at the next session of the Kyiv City Council. Citizens now want effective, clear mechanisms from the local authorities. It goes about free courses and locations that are related to improving language skills, including for those who want to take an exam on the level of mastery of the state language," Taras Kremin said.
Speaking about the Ukrainianization of the public space of the capital, the Commissioner emphasized that it is not only about renaming the streets.
“It’s good to rename the street, but to clean the city of Kyiv from the remains of the Soviet past is among the key tasks of local authorities. Monuments, related to the Soviet totalitarian past, are markers of former eras. So there can be no compromise here. We need to use this moment to return Ukraine to its true face”, he noted.