The capital of Wales, Cardiff, hosted a conference on safe spaces and linguistic empowerment on Friday. The meeting, organised by the European Network for Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), consisted of a series of conferences given by specialists, members of language promotion organisations and representatives of various Welsh governments.
Miquel Àngel Sureda, regional secretary for University, Research and Language Policy, attended as president of the NPLD. Sureda stressed the importance of creating a network between territories with minority languages and highlighted the value of being able to learn about actions and experiences of language standardisation in different territories. “From the Balearic Islands, we are committed to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe and we defend the fact that Catalan, as an age-old European language, should be an official language in the European Union,” said the regional secretary.
The morning of the previous day, Sureda visited, together with members of the NPLD, entities and political leaders from all over the continent, the Ysgol Hamadryad, a primary school where linguistic immersion in the Welsh language takes place. This was followed by a visit to Urdd Gobaith Cymru, a century-old organisation that works, on a voluntary basis, in the field of education and leisure for children and young people. Both are pioneering institutions that operate from an intercultural perspective and in favour of cultural and linguistic roots in Wales. In the afternoon, a meeting of the NPLD board, the Steering Committee, took place.