The Seminar on Education and Regional and Minority Languages (RML) held on 7 November at Fundación Galicia Europa combined different presentations concerning linguistic diversity in European regions and at EU level, such as:
- “The use of Basque language in Wikipedia” on the project to foster the inclusion of articles in Basque language in the Wikipedia.
- “21 days with Galician and more” promoted by the Government of Galicia for students to speak Galician in class and at home.
- “Ep! Escolta i parla?” (Hey! Listen and talk) by the Catalan Government to facilitate Catalan learning to non-literate migrants.
MEP Jill Evans (Wales) offered her vision about the importance of linking digital technologies to RMLs, while MEP François Alfonsi (Corsica) explained the impact of the Blanquer Act that the French government approved in 2019 for their regional languages.
The seminar concluded with a presentation of the Mercator European Research Center for the CULT Committee of the European Parliament “Minority languages and education: best practices and pitfalls” by its head of research, Cor van der Meer. [See the 2017 report here]
For a quick view of the seminar and its presentations, have a look at the video-summary here.