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Sweden minority language education unsatisfactory. Three key areas need improving despite efforts to promote efforts to promote the five national minority languages, the Council of Europe says. The concerns are in relation to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages regarding Sami, Suomi (Finnish), Meänkieli, Romani Chib, and Yiddish. This charter promotes and protects the languages used by traditional minorities, and entered into force in Sweden in 2000.

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Sweden minority language education unsatisfactory

Published on Monday, 15th May, 2017 at 12:02 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

Three key areas need improving despite efforts to promote efforts to promote the five national minority languages, the Council of Europe says.

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The concerns are in relation to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages regarding Sami, Suomi (Finnish), Meänkieli, Romani Chib, and Yiddish.

This charter promotes and protects the languages used by traditional minorities, and entered into force in Sweden in 2000.

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter’s report states that “the intermediate halt in the extension of the administrative areas is hindering the implementation of the Charter on the whole.”

This is despite an increase in the number of municipalities belonging to these regarding the five languages.

The report found that the three areas lacking improvements:

Teaching: Lessons are offered once a week. These were branded “insufficient”, as they are not enough to meet the demands of the speakers. The fact that there is no teacher education for pre-schools or school years 1 to 6 in primary schools and for bilingual education is also mentioned.

Judiciary and administrative: Authorities need to provide interpreters and translators in the minority language.

Media: Radio and television broadcasting in Sami and Suomi is “satisfactory”, but the same cannot be said for Meänkieli.

The report did list positive measures, despite the need for teacher training and additional materials to ensure the protection of all minority languages.

A Sami-language program will enable teachers to enrol in the course in 2018. Moreover, the public use of place names in Sami, Finnish and Meänkieli, have       been noticed in the monitoring cycle.

Romani and Yiddish are not large the media, though they do have a presence on television.



Published on Monday, 15th May, 2017 at 12:02 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: minorities, protection, languages, immigrants, europe, scandinavia, nordics, paywall.





  
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