Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

Brussels, 23 September 2022

On the occasion of the 2022 European Day of Languages and in view of the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission is organising a conference on language competences at the service of youth on Monday, 26 September. The online event will focus on language awareness in schools and how multilingual classrooms can support inclusion and solidarity. In light of the large number of displaced pupils from Ukraine, participants will discuss the support currently provided to these children and their families to learn the languages of host countries, and how these pupils are best integrated into the education systems of the EU.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: 

“When we learn another language, we also learn another way of thinking, another perspective. The EU’s linguistic and cultural diversity is one of our strengths and rightly considered a core value of our Union. I am proud of how the European Commission and the Erasmus+ programme support innovation and excellence in language teaching and learning, and of the impact we have on the lives of many.” 

In parallel to the online event, the Commission is organising some 70 local and national events around the European Day of Languages with funding from the Erasmus+ programme. The European Day of Languages is an annual opportunity to raise awareness around language learning and linguistic diversity. It started in 2001, organised jointly by the European Union and the Council of Europe.  

Source – EU Commission