The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili has voiced the initiative to teach Megrelian and Svan at schools. The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili spoke about it during her speech on the occasion of Mother Language Day.
According to the President, Russia continues the war against Georgian culture in Abkhazia today and, along with the protection of the Georgian and Abkhazian languages, Georgia is responsible for the protection and survival of Megrelian, Svan, Zan and Laz. According to her, it is possible if Megrelian and Svan are taught in schools.
"As a result of the Russian occupation regime, both Abkhazian and Georgian languages are equally restricted in Abkhazia. The number of speakers of Abkhazian language is decreasing from year to year. Georgians living in Gali and nearby villages are not allowed to receive school education in Georgian. Along with the protection of the Georgian and Abkhazian languages, which are defined by the Constitution, we are responsible for the protection and survival of Megrelian, Svan, Zan and Laz. These languages are an integral part of our culture and represent a unique treasure. We will be able to do this if we create elective classes in schools, first of all, for Megrelian and Svan," President said.