This 12th of December, the first national News Program in Quechua, called Ñuqanchik, was broadcast on the national network TV Peru and on Radio Nacional del Peru. It will be broadcast every week day, Monday –Friday, from 5:30-6:00 am.
Prior to this Quechua broadcasts have existed on many local networks or channels, however none has had a national reach. Ñoqanchik’s goal is to innovate and to take information in Quechua and from the point of view of Quechua speakers to the cities and remote places of the country as never before.
The program is carried out in Quechua by a team of native Quechua speakers from different dialects and regions. They will promote and show through their words the values of Quechua speakers, such as reciprocity and solidarity. In order to create the program, the journalists take into account the differences of worldview and perspective between Quechua and Spanish.
Statistics indicate more than 4 million Peruvians speak Quechua as their principal language while another 6 million or so are bilingual Quechua and Spanish speakers. Millions more have a passive command of the language.
This program is already creating excitement among the Quechua speaking peoples of the country, whether they are from Cusco and Callao, the Chankas and Ayacucho, or the north, for the recognition and value it gives them as a critical part of Peru and as valuable societies and traditions in their own right.
It is also an opportunity for all who wish to learn this sweet language that our ancestors have given us. The producers of program see it as a contribution to the inclusion of all in this large and culturally diverse country. It is hoped Peru can develop more unity through respecting our own native language and giving it recognition.
More and more, the Quechua language is rising from the ashes of the Spanish invasion and modernization with wide, outstretched wings. Ñuqanchik helps it fly, but there are many other helpful projects, such as the translation and dubbing of movies and television programs in Quechua, intensive courses in the language, and bilingual and intercultural public education.