CAMPAIGN FOR PRESERVING THE KIRILICA
I preserve what is mine - while I write using Cyrillic alphabet - I exist! This is the motto of the campaign on preserving, using and modernising the Macedonian Cyrillic alphabet, initiated by the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA) and "Idea Plus Communications" marketing agency.
Action for popularising the value and uniqueness of the Macedonian alphabet was launched Wednesday with a promotion in Youth Cultural Center. It was held deliberately on the World Book Day and in 2008, because it is proclaimed by UNESCO as International Year of Languages, since approximately 200 languages in the world, including the Macedonian, are threatened by extinction. The campaign, which will run till June 10, was dedicated at its official start by Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, H.H Stefan.
Although it was invented more than 10 centuries ago on this territory, with zealous determination by Ss. Cyril and Methodius, the creators of Slavic literacy, and with the dedication of their disciple St. Clement of Ohrid, the Cyrillic alphabet is being unjustly neglected and "looses its battle" with the Latin alphabet, when it comes to utilization. Most notably, it is apparent in new global spheres - information technologies, communications and advertising. This was the main incentive for launching the campaign, which will cover several activities aiming at raising the awareness for correct use of the Cyrillic alphabet. The objective is to demonstrate that Cyrillic is beautiful, applicable, noble, gracious, progressive, legible and modern and therefore to be used wherever possible.
www.mojatakirilica.com.mk was specially designed, where a competition on development of correct Macedonian Cyrillic computer fonts is published. Any news and information linked to the campaign will be regularly published and up-dated.
The project also envisages expert panel discussions on "The Future of the Cyrillic Alphabet" and "Cyrillic and Information Technology", television and radio show, columns in the press. Posters, billboards, ads, advertising products, CDs featuring a song by Vlatko Stefansovski with the "Golden Nightingale" children's choir, as well as numerous educational and entertainment activities have been prepared. Within the frameworks of the initiative, big out-door event on Macedonia square is planned on May 26 to celebrate the Cyrillic alphabet.
The campaign has unreserved support by scholars, artists, institutions, business community and by the media
MD: Great campaign, this alphabet and the use of it should be preserved, it was created in Macedonia and by Macedonians after all!