Androulla VASSILIOU: Comissionate : Education, Culture, Multilingüism and Youth
Prioritaties of the European Union (president José Manuel Barroso)
Catalonia, an Autonomy in Spain Population: 7.202.905 inhabitants (2008) 15.96% of the Spanish population 946 municipalities 41 territories 4 provinces: Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Barcelona 10 territorial services of education
Students newly arrived ordered by originating country Source: Servei d’Immersió i Ús de la llengua, 2008
The Catalan educational model Many different societies ? One complex society? project project project project project
Usage of official languages in Catalonia 2008 Family Friends Neighbours Work Schoolmates
Plurilingual Project: languages in a lifelong learning process Family language Learning and personal growing process International globalisation Professional profiles Environment
Saving diversity is a long term investment Benefits: -planetary survival -health research reservoir -flexible response for Life and Nature -wider resource pool for facing crisis -adaptation Biodiversity Cultural diversity
Language dymamics: ~ 5000 - 5500 languages in the world Source: « Halte à la mort des langues » Claude Hagège When a language disappears, a whole culture vanishes, with its unique, collective, unrepeateble view of reality. Only 10% are active in the Internet space (40 languages for 99,3 % of users) 80 % are no-state, minority languages 75% are threatened or in danger About 8-10 % disappear every year In 100 years about 2500 will disappear (50 %)
Learning a new language is opening a window to other cultures, it is a right for our students and a benefit for the whole community
Studies & Levels University Institutes Schools Kindergarden Infant edu. 0-3 years Pre-school 3-6 years Primary 6-12 years Secondary 12-16 years Lifelong learning +18…. years Post Compulsory 16-18 (+18) y. University Professional Training +18... years
Diversity, a collective empowerment reading, writing, speaking, listening in several languages Dealing with diversity to grant equity in rights and duties EQUITY in DIVERSITY Building knowledge Building community
Sharing past? ? Geographical and institutional space? Common past?
Sharing present? ? An oral and written shared language? Known and shared empowered values?
Sharing future? ? Sense, vision and will of common future?