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Databank of whistleblowers for Silbo Gomero 

La Gomera is to instigate a databank of “whistleblowers” as it aims to keep the ancient island language of Silbo alive.

The action is part of an overall plan which has also seen training courses for a number of teachers so they can pass on the skills to children.

Eighteen teachers have been learning about the scientific and didactic values of this “Intangible Heritage of Humanity” for the last two months.

Cabildo president, Casimiro Curbelo highlighted the high participation with all the places offered having been occupied and valued training as an instrument to advance conservation and protection

“The Silbo Gomero is a patrimony of all, so it is necessary to bring it closer to other points of the Canary Islands,” he said.

Minister of Sociocultural Policy, Rosa Elena Garcia, explained that the training will continue its extension into the business sector in order to implement innovation strategies in products and services based on the Silbo Gomero, making this an attractive element that drives the commercialisation.

“The field of work is quite broad and goes beyond disclosure,” said Rosa Garcia, who recalled that proposals include the holding of conferences in other islands to expose the particularities of language, along with the development of a census of whistleblowers and a file with material linked to Silbo Gomero.