The Covid-19 World Service plans to make video messages in more than 30 different languages
The Together Ireland Community Integration project in collaboration with Nasc has started the Covid-19 World Service initiative. A video message service has launched recently, which offers back-to-back school public health advice in more than 30 languages. The verities of languages are included for the easy understanding of the migrant communities in Ireland.
Since May, the migrant and refugee center have produced about 130 video messages for migrants, with the approval of the public health.
Way back in 2016 census itself around 90,000 they are not comfortable with English, majority of them doesn’t know ton communicate well in English.
It was because of this the authorities have decided to make video messages in different languages including Swahili, Polish, Romanian, Yoruba and Cantonese.
The scripts for the video were prepared with the consultation of the Department of Education and the Irish College for General Practitioners and the non-Irish staffs of the education system recorded the messages.
The video message will run in 36 languages such as Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, English, Esperanto, French, Georgian, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Ukrainian, Urdu, Yoruba, and Zulu.
The Irish version of the video will be presented by Tomás Ó Sé, a primary school teacher and former Kerry GAA star.
The Covid-19 World Service creator and coordinator, Graham Clifford spoke about the need of passing on and convincing the message to parents who are migrants.
“While public health information on Covid-19 in Ireland has been strong in the English language, we believe more can be done to ensure it is reaching everyone and so that’s why we started our service,” he said.
He also added that many parents who doesn’t know English are worried and concerned about the lives of their children.
“We hope these video messages will help make it clearer to them what the guidelines are for returning to school and what they can do to play their part.” He said.
Mr. Clifford and his team are looking forward to team up with the HSE to make new video messages for the public.