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Manx Gaelic to receive greater protection and support

Wed, 20 Jan 2021


The Manx Gaelic language will be given significantly stronger protection and support under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

The charter protects and promotes regional and minority languages in Europe in order to maintain and develop Europe’s cultural traditions and heritage.

This decision significantly strengthens the protection and promotion of the Manx Gaelic language, and recognises its revival in recent years thanks to community based initiatives and targeted Isle of Man Government support.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: ‘The Manx language is one of the Island's most important cultural assets; it is an Island success story that we can all be proud of.’

‘Regional or minority languages are part of Europe’s cultural heritage and their protection and promotion are an important part of cultural diversity. Whatever your age, it is now possible to learn Manx in nurseries, schools and the wider community.’

The Manx Language Network, Jeebin, worked closely with the Isle of Man Government to prepare the submission.

Jeebin is made up of language professionals from the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, including the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh and Manx Language Unit, Mooinjer Veggey and Culture Vannin, who work in conjunction with the language community.


 

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