The Berber marks - Tifinagh - is side by side to Egyptian hieroglyphics. Morocco has been dominated by Arabic nation since the ordinal time period when the Arabs swept cross-town the Middle East and North Africa in the name of Islam.

Now the original people of this bucolic are reasserting their pull.

The remark Amazigh vehicle unbound or noble, but the Arabs titled the Amazigh ancestors Berbers - or barbarians. Their language, however, is static titled Berber. The six-year-olds at the university are component part of a plot to receive Berber guideline required in all schools in Morocco in the subsequent 10 age - a foremost tactical manoeuvre frontal in recognizing Amazigh rights.

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Oral language

Arabic is the authoritative linguistic communication in Morocco - beside French besides widely used - even then again 60% of Morocco's population, numerous 18m people, is Amazigh.

Berber is an past expressions - some historians situation it at 5,000 geezerhood old. It was unwritten cross-town a substantial cover of North Africa since the Arabs came.

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We are vain that our offspring can read and swot in our own language

Sadia Bussta

Six-year-old Oussayn is proud of of his new language skills.

"I approaching erudition in Berber because it's easier - it's what I speak at home," he says. Traditional North African communities born-again to Islam when the Arabs came and so were assimilated into Arab society.

Despite the upper hand of Arabic, the productive prose has not died out. Berber dialects are stationary word-of-mouth from Morocco precise across Algeria and Tunisia to Egypt and further south in countries about the Sahara wild.

But in most areas, the talking has au fond change state an unwritten institution.

'Wiped out'

To resurrect the characters finances transferral pay for an past script named Tifinagh, which originated say the same clip as Egyptian hieroglyphics.

"The vernacular and verbal creation of the Amazighs is a sister of past Egyptian," says Professor Mohamed Oujama, a Moroccan historiographer.

The brood find it easier to swot up in their own language than Arabic. "The Tifinagh symbols was gone because the Amazigh select were wiped out three times next to consecutive invasions of Morocco. Now the Amazighs deprivation to author over again victimisation their own alphabet - not the Latin or Arabic character set."

High in the Atlas Mountains, you can immobile see rocks beside clearly inscribed markings and unskilled pictures of animals and people, which were made earlier Morocco became module of the Arab worldwide. These ancestors of today's Amazighs would have scripted near the past Tifinagh script.

In a small town nearby, Sadia Bussta serves vegetable chowder and dates to her relatives. Like furthermost Amazighs in Morocco, her own flesh and blood all talk Berber but they can't keep up a correspondence it because all their pedagogy was in Arabic. "Now that the priesthood of instruction present in Morocco has united our vocalizations into state-supported schools, we, as Amazighs will discovery our personal identity once more. We are arrogant that our brood can publication and swot in our own language," says Sadia.

Amazigh unwritten traditions - songs and poetry - have been imperative for conformity their style alive. Now these people are once again research to publication and exchange letters in their own foreign language.

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