Politics and languages

Biography of the Esperanto Radikala Asocio


In occasion of the revolutionary proposition presented by ERA, the first collaboration between ERA and UNESCO took place in 1993. UNESCO’s general manager supported ERA’s initiative, on behalf of the Italian delegation, to finance the Fundapax project to publish the first orientation course volume, that had been presented by ERA, and would allow ERA to communicate directly and spread the message of Peace with children for the following two year period, among these children, 105 elementary schools in 29 different countries. The UNESCO collaboration lead to the drafting of the Language World Report, and the pubblication and distribution of the second edition of the "Atlas of the World’s Endangered Languages," translated by ERA in various languages.

ERA operates on national territory to defend the Italian Language and Culture. This is the aim which lead to the birth of http://www.centopercentoitaliano.it, dedicated and aimed to preserve the Italian language. The website, that is still uner construction, is the starting point for all those who wish to fight against the degregation and the loss of the Italian language. Aside from being a valuable source of information for the latest news on the Italian language in Italy and abroad, it also works as a portal to announce the various discriminations that are happening against the Italian language in the training, education and work world.

On an international level, ERA is active in promoting intiatives in various international conferences and events, promoting linguistic democracy around the world. A noticeable effort is to be noted in ERA’s speech at the Linguistic Policy and Language Rights in Bratislava’s European Union, which took place in Rome, during the World Conference for Communication and Development, organized by FAO and Banca Nazionale. ERA actively took part in the creation of the Cooperation for the Aims of the Millenium Forum, as well as creating the group for Cooperation and Cultural Heritage.

Always in name of protecting national languages and the identity of the people, ERA busied itself organizing a public hearing on the social, economical and political consequences that linguistic discrimination has experienced throughout Europe and at the European Parliment in Brussells. The hearing, an essential gathering for the world of politics and education, focused on the problem of linguistic democracy, not only in Europe, coming forward with ideas and developing new measures which can guarantee equal opportunity in the world of communication, and reduce discrimination on both an economical and social level.

Last April 15, ERA was invited to take part in a public hearing about multilinguism, which took place at the European Commission, in Brussels. Also present at said event was the European Commissionar, Leonard Orban, to whom ERA reminded him the commitment that the European Institutions have to mantain if they wish to remain failthful to multilingism. Even if Europe, in the last few years, has claimed that within the EU there is work going towards promoting linguistic diversity and recognizing the worth of all official languages and their preservation, there are a large number of cases where the theory of linguistic equality among European Citizens still has far to go.

Among ERA’s other equally admirable achievements is their participation in defending the basic rights and freedom of indigenous people and their culture, which is currently being threatened. ERA participates in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues every year, where the final reccomendations explicitly formulate ERA’s urgency on the need to organize a world Conference on Languages. With this aim, ERA participated at a meeting with Indigenous Language Experts that took place at the United Nations in New York. The meeting was organized by the ECOSOC following the recommendation of the ERA in the last session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Always in the name of the same cause, various events were brought forward concerning the pubblication of the book written by the researcher, Maori Linda Smith, entitled "Metodologie di Decolonizzazione." On the subject of publishing and editing, ERA signed an exclusive contract with François Grin, professor and expert of The Economy of Language at the Univeristy of Genevra, to publsih his book, “Rapport sur l’enseignement des langues étrangères comme politique publique" in Italian, English and Esperanto.

ERA, together with its young collaborators, are actively participating in seminars, conferences and workgroups, also on a European scale, including the Meeting of Experts on the EVS held last December in Brussels, which was attended by a delegate which had become one of the six experts selected to draft a European charter on volunteering to be submitted to the European Commission. In addition, ERA Onlus is accredited institution for national civil service as an institution in the 3rd year class.The Community Service Volunteer projects will total to about 29, two of which are at the ERA headquarters in Brussels as well as two ERA headquarters in New York. Four national and international projects that aim the assertion of linguistic democracy in the world had already been submitted in 2009.

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