The European Charter Classroom Activities (ECCA) is a 2019-20 NPLD-granted project to spread the knowledge of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe among youngsters through to the development of specific classroom activities.
Developed in cooperation with NPLD and the Council of Europe, the project is led by the Comun General de Fascia (Province of Trento, IT) and the Province of Fryslân (NL), together with partners from the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (IT), the Hungarian speaking community in Romania, Valencian schools and universities (ES) and Frisian organisations devoted to the promotion of the language.
ECCA not only includes the commitment of schools to develop contents to explain and debate the reality of linguistic diversity in the classroom, but it offers the possibility to participate in a short student exchange programme to visit a school in another of the regions involved in the project. During the last quarter of 2019, students of all the schools involved in the project (3 per region) were invited to make a short video to explain the importance of their language. The winners of each region will be offered the opportunity of visiting a partner school in another region during the first semester of 2020. [See the videos in the website and on the Twitter account.]
School teachers, representatives of universities and institutions from different European regions gathered in Brussels on 15 November to share their experience and insights about the project. The meeting consisted of presentations by experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages followed by an exchange of activities proposed by each school.
The ultimate goals of ECCA are to increase the cooperation among European RMLs communities and to raise awareness among young people about linguistic diversity.
Follow the news about ECCA on-line on Twitter @myeulanguage and its website.