Project areas of action
Areas of intervention where multilingualism can be promoted are the following:
- Primary education
- Adults education
According to Speciale Eurobarometro (n°243, “Europeans and their Languages”), Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Romanian are among european coutries with the lower incidence of the knowledge of foreigner languages (among 47 and 41%, vs. average european level of 56%).
Such a situation is a risk factor that limits integration for every citizen and every immigrant. Beside that, it is urgent, in a lack of institutional measures, to provide an educational support to ‘second generation immigrants’.
In Italy, as an example, data show a rate of school failure greater for immigrants than for italian students (cfr. Alunni con cittadinanza non italiana. Scuole statali e non statali. Anno Scolastico 2006-2007, MPI – Direzione Generale per gli Studi e la Programmazione e per i Sistemi Informativi, Roma, 2008).
To create a european citizenship, it is necessary to promote:
• Knowledge of language
• Linguistic integration of immigrants
• Linguistic positive attitudes toward multilingual repertoires