30 Years Ago…

 From 26 to 30 January 1987, UNESCO held an international conference at the University of Kiev on “teaching foreign languages for peace and understanding.” Miquel Siguan, who was participating as Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of Barcelona, was called upon to chair this expert consultation and to draw up final conclusions and recommendations which he would entitle Linguapax – Kiev Declaration. The UNESCO secretariat would…

Presentation of the Protocole to Ensure Language Rights

The fficial presentation of the Protocol on the guarantee of language rights took place this Saturday 17th of December in Donostia,  during a very moving ceremony which welcomed the promoters of the document, including Linguapax, as well as a large number of European organizations dedicated to the promotion of minority languages in Europe and an important representation of the Basque civil society, all gathered at the Palais Kursaal as the…

Linguistic diversity, new cultural forms and emerging rights

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Barcelona, 25 November 2016, 16h-17:30h. At Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya, Carrer Girona, 20. As a part of Barcelona City Council’s Framework of Citizens’ Rights, Linguapax will follow the symposium, The Status of Languages, Does Official Recognition Matter?, with a roundtable discussion: Linguistic diversity, new cultural forms and emerging rights. The session will reflect on emerging human rights in the contemporary environment of intense diversity: Cultural diversity and,…

Linguapax Award Ceremony in Edmonton, part 2

Last Thursday, October 20, the president of Linguapax  Monica Pereña, delivered the International Linguapax Award 2016 awarded ex aequo to the International and Heritage Languages Associations (IHLA) based in Edmonton (Canada) during a moving and elegant ceremony involving all member schools of the Association. In addition to the speech of the President of IHLA, Antonella Cortese, Dr. Trudy Aberdeen made a historical journey through the achievements of the Association. Then…

Linguapax Award Ceremony in Edmonton, Canada, (Part 1)

On October 14, the president of Linguapax International, Mònica Pereña, flew to Edmonton, Canada, to begin a tour of schools and institutions collaborating with the International and Heritage Languages Association, winner of the International Linguapax Award 2016 for its promotion of language learning in a multicultural environment. The Linguapax delegate for North America, Olenka Bilash, and the president of the IHLA, Antonella Cortese, organized an intensive program of visits to…

International conference on the status of languages

“The status of languages – Does official recognition matter?” is the title of the international conference organised by Linguapax, on Novembre 24 and 25, in cooperation with the Catalan Public Administration School and with the support of the Catalan Department of Culture.  This conference aims to open the debate on the contribution of the legal framework and resulting language policies to the protection of local languages, in the light of the analysis of…

Linguapax 2016 Award Ceremony in Yirrkala

The Buku Larrngay Mulka Art Center in Yirrkala (Northern Territory, Australia) hosted the ceremony of delivery of the 2016 International Linguapax Award 2016 granted to the Yambirrpa School Council/Djarrma Action Group of the Yolngu community of Yirrkala, ex-aequo with the International and Heritage Languages Association, IHLA (Alberta, Canada). Chants and traditional dances accompanied acknowledgment messages to former leaders and to all those who have contributed to the maintenance of Yolngu…

Successful Linguapax Asia Symposium on Migration, Migrants and Language

The Linguapax Asia 2016 symposium on Migration, Migrants and Language took place on June 11, 2016, at Kansai University in Osaka. The symposium was sponsored by The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies at Kansai University. The topic of the symposium was the interface between language and migration and how the language situation, planning and policies in various countries, Asia in particular, are managed as a result of in-migration and…

Respecting Linguistic Diversity? Language Discrimination in the EU

The European Language Equality Network (ELEN) held a hearing at the European Parliament last June 1st to discuss current issues concerning the language rights of regional, minority and endangered language speakers, language discrimination, and how, when EU states have signed up both to the principle of ‘respecting linguistic diversity’ and that discrimination on the grounds of language must be prohibited, can we deal with this form of discrimination. On behalf…

Linguapax at the Biannual Conference of the World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education

The World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education (WFATE), which fosters international collaboration among institutions and associations in order to promote educational research and the teacher’s professional development, held its biannual conference in Barcelona from the 20th to the 23rd April 2016. The Conference central theme was Innovation in Teacher Education within a Global Context, which was dealt with through several lectures, a round table and 15 subthemes. Indeed, Teacher…