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Common communiqué from students parents in Bulat-Pestivien and Languidic
Bulat-Pestivien - Languidic 11/10/06 22:13 by Oui au breton [BULAT-PESTIVIEN - LANGUIDIC] 11/10/2006. Although our schools are situated in two different departments at more than 100 km from each other, we discussed our common conerns over and decided to publish this common communiqué together. In Georges Brassens state school in
Émilie Champliaud pour Oui au Breton le 13/10/06 11:07

Bulat-Pestivien - Languidic 11/10/06 22:13 by Oui au breton [BULAT-PESTIVIEN - LANGUIDIC] 11/10/2006. Although our schools are situated in two different departments at more than 100 km from each other, we discussed our common conerns over and decided to publish this common communiqué together.

In Georges Brassens state school in Languidic (56), fourteen children, who have followed a bilingual Breton/French education for many years, are now obliged to give up learning Breton, because no Breton teacher was assigned to their school. The constant increase in the number of Breton students made it necessary this year to divide Breton lessons between three levels with three different teachers. The Academic Inspection’s refusal to create a new post obliged the teaching staff to put our children, enrolled in Infant and Junior schools in a monolingual class; i.e. without Breton. By accepting this situation we would endanger Breton education in Languidic for future years.

In Bulat Pestivien state school, fifteen children are enrolled in bilingual Breton/French education. Although the creation of bilingual Breton/French classes is in accordance with the National Education directive 2001-167, which rules the creation of bilingual classes, the project of opening a new class was rejected by the Côtes d’Armor Academic Inspection. No new bilingual site/class in the department has been opened for five years, whereas in the same period of time fourteen new classes were created in Finistère and seven in Morbihan. Projects in this department are systematically rejected by the Academic Inspector, M. Le Bohec. The parents who set up an unauthorised class, with the help of a bilingual teacher, were threatened and the class was forbidden by M. Le Bohec himself.

We are not activists. We are only parents, who worry for our children’s well-being and education. We know and have benefited from the advantages of a bilingual education from early childhood. We wish for our children to speak Breton, which is the language of their parents and grandparents for some, or simply the language spoken in their daily environment for others. We also wish to contribute to the protection of the Breton language, which was recognised as an endangered language by UNESCO. We subscribe to the protection plan that was voted on by Brittany Regional Council in December 2004.

Equal hours of education in a regional language are a right which is stated in the National Education legislative texts. WE DEMAND THAT THIS RIGHT BE RESPECTED.

That is why we request from the Minister of National Education, M. Gilles de Robien, to instruct the Academic Chief Education Officer, M. Jean-Baptiste, to do whatever is necessary to assign bilingual teachers to both our schools as soon as possible.

On behalf of students’ parents in Bulat-Pestivien, Laure-Line Inderbitzin

On behalf of students’ parents in Languidic, Gwenaelle Petitbon We invite all the people who want to support us to sign the online petition (Letter to the Minister of National Education, M. Gilles de Robien, and to Brittany councillors) on the website ouiaubreton.com (voir le site)

See also the article published on Eurolang website in Brussels, used by ABP. (voir le site)

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