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…

Talk with Alicia Fuentes Calle at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

  Washington, April 19th 2016 On the occasion of her mission in the US, the Director of Programmes of Linguapax, Alícia Fuentes Calle, had the opportunity to introduce Linguapax, and talk about the role of linguistic diversity in sustainable development with the members and partners of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. This round table promoted by the Delegation of the Catalan Government in the US and the…

From Hip Hop to WhatsApp

Josep Cru (Linguapax Europe at Newcastle University ) participated on March 31 in the workshop ‘From Hip Hop to WhatsApp’, organised in Paris by Karla Aviles (Labex EFL, Paris 7) and Valentina Vapnarksy (EREA/LESC, CNRS). The meeting explored how indigenous peoples of Latin America adapt to new technologies, such as social media, and music genres, for example Hip Hop, to express their own voices in Amerindian languages and in multilingual…

Renewal of Linguapax Executive Board

We are pleased to announce that the last Assembly of Linguapax International has elected Mònica Pereña, an expert in multilingualism and education, as the President of the Executive Board. We also welcome Mercè Solé, specialist in language planning, as the new Secretary and Eva Pons, expert in language law, as the Treasurer. The outgoing president, Carme Arenas will remain part of the board, together with Maria Areny, Emili Boix and…

International Linguapax Award 2016 acknowledges two complementary visions of Language diversity

Two associations advocating for aboriginal languages in the Norther Territory of Australia and and for heritage languages in Canada co-winners of the prize: Yambirrpa School Council/Djarrma Action Group of the Yolngu community of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory of Australia, and the International and Heritage Languages Association from Canada. Since 2002, Linguapax commemorates the International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by UNESCO to highlight the importance of linguistic diversity, announcing the…

Maya David at the International Conference on Language Policy in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings

For the first time ever, Myanmar held an International Conference on Language Policy in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings, hosted by the University of Mandalay from 8 – 11 February. Organized by the Ministry of Education, the event is part of a Language, Education and Social Cohesion (LESC) initiative, supported by UNICEF in partnership with the University of Melbourne. More than 300 participants from academia, education and language sectors shared their…

Brazil: Condemning the presidential veto of Bill C 5954-2013 on indigenous education

On December 29, 2015, the Civil Office of the President of the Republic of Brazil sent the Brazilian Senate message number 600, entirely vetoing the Proposed Bill n.5954, 2013 (No. 186 of 2008 in the Senate), which had been previously approved by the National Congress, after hearing the Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Administration (MPOG). The Bill was considered contrary to public interest. Based…