European Day of Languages, 26 September - Celebrating linguistic diversity, plurilingualism, lifelong language learning

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages is celebrated since 2001 on 26 September.

800 million Europeans throughout the Council of Europe 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for more intercultural understanding, the Council of Europe promotes cultural richness and plurilingualism in whole Europe.
On the occasion of the day, a range of events are organised across Europe: happenings for children, television and radio programmes, language classes, conferences, etc. Member states and potential partners, in particular schools, are given a free hand to organise activities. To coordinate the activities organised at national level, the Council of Europe asks participating countries to nominate "National Relay Persons" who also disseminate promotional material produced by the Council of Europe.

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Brian Barker said...

It's great to discuss the need for a new global language, but the protection of linguistic minorities comes into play.

Esperanto certainly has a part to play in that! Respected and renkown linguistic are now beginning to give support.

Apart from Professor Phillipson, can I also suggest

Arne Duering said...

hi brian, eulingu is defintely interested in protecting the different languages of Europe and as you say the linguistic minorities as well, ther si a long way to go to implement and include those...i have added your link to my blog, thank you and feel free to join our little eulingu group on facebook: micki & arne