The Wancho script was invented between 2001 and 2012 by Banwang Losu, a teacher from the Longding district in Arunachal Pradesh. His aim was to give the Wancho people their own script and a way to record and preserve their culture and language, which is traditionally transmitted orally. It is used to write Wancho, a Brahmaputran language spoken mainly in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast of India.
The Wancho script was added to Unicode in 2019. It is currently taught in some schools using a textbook published by Losu in 2013. Wancho is usually written with the Devanagari or Latin alphabets.
Translation by Banwang Losu
खुञेक नुसा किम जाउ काउ ताम होन चा जे कान ताइः मोङ थुङ फा पुः चा नुपु, चा चा लाम गोइ का चाइ चा नाउ ला ताइः अ पाजि.
Khunyek nusaa kim jaau kau tam hon ca je kan taiʔ mong thung pha puʔ ca nupu, ca caa lam goi ka cai ca naau la taiʔ aa paji.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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