New deal to achieve full literacy in Frisian language by 2030

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The Province of Fryslân and the central government of The Neherlands signed the 2019-2023 Administrative Agreement on Frisian Language and Culture, a set of measures to ensure that no Frisians are illiterate in their own language by 2030.

The European Charter for Regional or Minority languages ratified by the Dutch government inspires the agreement, which main principle is that both authorities share responsibility and duty of care that “the Frisian language must not only be safeguarded, but must also continue to be promoted”.

Several specific targets are set out together with a budgetary commitment with a special attention to the Cultural, Educational and Media spheres in Fryslân.

You can read the original text in Dutch and Frisian here. The official translation into English is available here. The agreement is the continuation of the 2013-2018 Administrative Agreement on Frisian Language and Culture that you can download here.

Photo: II Languages Fair, Valencia, 2018 ©Guðrún Gísladóttir

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