What we do?
Pakistan is a country that is blessed with an abundance of beautiful mountain valleys, each with its own unique cultures and languages. The purpose of this website is to contribute to the preservation, documentation and promotion of this aspect of our national wealth.
Gawri is one of the 70 languages of Pakistan, spoken in the northern parts of the country. It is spoken in the Kohistani (mountainous) areas of district Swat and Upper Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP).
The Gawri Community Development Programme (GCDP) is a local non-profit, non-political, officially registered organization working for community development in the Gawri-speaking areas through the implementation of education and health projects, as well as through the promotion, preservation, and documentation of the Gawri community's rich linguistic and cultural heritage.
GCDP is also running a successful mother-tongue based multilingual education (MLE) program in Kalam valley both for children and adults. GCDP is also training local Gawri people in the areas of language documentation and literacy work, so that they in turn can mobilise the people to contribute to the preservation of their language and culture.
GCDP has published many books in the Gawri language; it also publishes an occassional literary newsletter in the language.
We envision the Gawri community to emerge as a progressive and developing group by overcoming the social, economic and contemporary challenges .
Enabling the Gawri community with education, awareness and leadership so as to make the community people able to promote their language and culture.
- Mutual respect
- Peaceful co-existence