[lg policy] St. Lucia: Education Officials Attend Conference on Language Rights and Policies in the Creole Speaking Caribbean.

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 15 16:19:32 UTC 2011

Education Officials Attend Language Policy Conference
Posted On: January 13, 2011

Two officials within the Ministry of Education are attending a two-day
international conference on "Language Policy in the Creole Speaking
Caribbean," which opens today (Thursday) in Jamaica. Dr.
Jacqui-Leandro, Minister of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender
Affairs and Senior Education Officer with responsibility for Secondary
Schools Mr. Clare Browne are attending the conference that brings
together professional linguists and those who, because of their role
in education, culture, administration and politics hold responsibility
for language policy.

The two-day gathering is hosted by the Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for
Caribbean Language Research, a unit within the Department of Language,
Linguistics and Philosophy, UWI Mona, and is being held as part of the
activities of the working group, the International Centre for
Caribbean Language Research (ICCLR).

A communiqu� outlined that the very specific objective of the
conference is to, in the first instance, discuss and approve a draft
of a charter on Language Rights and Policies in the Creole Speaking
Caribbean. Participants are hoping to develop a programme of
activities, with the aim of implementing the terms of the Charter on
Language Rights and Policy in each country. The plenary session will
examine achievements in Language Policy in the Creole Speaking World
over the 50 years.

Other topics will include Creole and International Languages in the
Education System and Language Rights in the Law.
St. Lucia's Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy and Belize's Sir
Colville Young are among the panelists for the two-day conference.

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