The story of Ádám and Anna

Posted: 2018-02-02
Written by: EU Network
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: opportunities minority safepack eu debate

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Ádám and Anna, brother and sister, are Hungarians from Transylvania, a historical region of Romania.

Ádám had the opportunity to learn about the world in geography class in his mother tongue in primary school in the village where they live. But now that he will become a 5th grader, his parents face a choice. He would either have to travel 20 kilometres every day, by himself, to the neighbouring city, where education is available in his mother tongue or stay at home and continue in a Romanian school.

His sister Anna sister will soon be of school age, and the decision in her case seems to be even more difficult: if the minimum number of pupils for a class is not met, there will be no Hungarian first grade class at all in the village. Small children will have to take a long journey every day to the next Hungarian school or she will go to the Romanian school without being able to learn to read or write properly in her own language.

You may have heard about similar stories in many EU states. The mother tongue is a key element of identity preservation and besides family the school plays an important role in shaping the identity of children as they grow up. If this opportunity is taken away, children belonging to minorities would surely step on the path of assimilation.

 

Although Europe’s cultural richness is based on linguistic and cultural diversity, and its people, the current linguistic and cultural policies tend to favour the official languages of the Member States. Action is needed. The EU and the Member States should create favourable conditions for linguistic and cultural diversity to thrive.



The Union should prevent marginalisation of certain communities.

What do you think - how to solve the problem?

--- Solution: the Minority SafePack Initiative! ---

Minority Safepack: We call upon the EU to establish and provide funding to a Language Diversity Centre in the field of regional and minority languages, focusing on the smallest and most vulnerable language communities in Europe. The Language Diversity Centre shall provide information, knowledge and expertise and pool resources that can help different language communities to learn from each other.

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