[lg policy] Education Officials Attend Language Policy Conference

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 18 17:05:27 UTC 2011

Education Officials Attend Language Policy Conference
By A & B Government News
Jan 17, 2011, 09:39 UTC

ST JOHN'S - 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 communique 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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