Friulian lessons in school followed by 4 out of 5 children

Education is one of the key points in the “General Plan for the Language Policy of the Friulian Language 2021-2025”, approved by the region on the proposal of ARLeF. Among the three macro goals identified by the plan, there is actually that of guaranteeing the learning of the Friulian language in school, and the number of parents’ affiliation tells us that the vast majority of Friulians share it.

The President of ARLeF – Regional Agency for the Friulian Language, Eros Cisilino, stressed the importance of photography offered by data from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia school office. “According to the data collected,” he commented, “parents who choose to teach Friulian language and culture at school for their children are constantly growing. Considering that it must also be read in the light of a further aspect, far from relative: The decline in subscribers. So I thank the whole school world. First of all, the Regional Councilor for Education, Alessia Rosolen, and the Director General of the USR, Daniela Beltrame, for their constant commitment to guaranteeing the Friulian’s presence in the school. The recent critical issues related to the recruitment of teachers have now been overcome with the approval of the new regional rules that allow the use of MAD also for Friulian hours. ARLeF – added Cisilino – is also doing its part, especially by making teaching materials and tools available to teachers. And the credit must certainly go to the latter for the excellent data on enrollment: in fact, they are the ones that make it possible to convey every day a language that is certainly to find the first meeting place in the family, but necessarily the context in which it lies in school, knowledge must be deepened and made the cultural heritage of the whole society “.

If you look at the data, it turns out that for kindergarten and primary school, students have gone from 39,267 in the school year 2019-2020 to 33,893 in 2021-2022. The percentage increase of the Friulian supporters is significant. If in 2019-2020 it was 76%, we are talking this year about 80% or 27,139 girls and boys studying marilenghe in school.

In 1st grade continuation school, where the adhesions two years ago were 45%, it has gone to 50%. The situation is therefore similar to that described above: out of a total of 15,338 students (and from 16,387 in 2019-20), 7,718 participate in Friulian education. By analyzing the situation as a whole – and thus combining data from kindergarten and primary school with data from primary and lower secondary school – it is emphasized that in the school year that is coming to an end, there are 34,857 pupils whose parents have chosen Friuli. In percentage terms, we reach 70% of the total number, corresponding to 49,231. Two years ago, when students were 55,654, 37,327 had chosen marilenghe, or 67%.

Parents’ awareness of the benefits of multilingual education is maturing and has clearly grown since the Regional School Office in 2001 for the first time launched marilenghe education in schools in the implementation of state protection legislation (Act 482/99). . To strengthen this choice, there are undoubtedly the numerous scientific studies at the international level, particularly from the University of Edinburgh, which explain how multilingualism facilitates the learning of other languages, such as English or other subjects. , think of mathematics. Without taking into account that the ability and speed of understanding also increases, as well as the creativity, adaptation and openness to the other. “Friuli is a unique cultural heritage that we must preserve – Cisilino recalls – and one of the most important tools to do so is represented by teaching marilenghe to the little ones, who are our future and the language”.

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