Som de la línia #síalvalencià

Uploaded by melderomerAV on 30.06.2011

For me, the línia (schooling in Catalan) is the guarantee of an education in the Catalan language,
and that’s why I think it’s a bad idea that it might disappear.
All this is in line with the strategy of the Valencian government:
undermining Catalan little by little,
all the while boasting that they are the guardians [of this language]
and boasting about plurilingualism
while they slowly drown the language.
t is a direct and frontal attack on the language of our people,
our culture and our history.
It represents a step backwards in language policy
and also for education
- for public education and for education in general -
and it is also a step backwards
in terms of defending teachers’ rights,
given that what it [the new decree] does is cut the number of workers.
And it is an attack, as well as an attempt to disarm social movements, groups
and all the associative framework that has grown up around the language and the culture
throughout these last few years;
for instance, around "Escola Valenciana", "Acció Cultural"
and cultural associations in neighbourhoods, towns and counties…
And it is an attempt to make the language recede as time goes by.
I think it is simply a psychological complex the Partido Popular has
in regard to our symbols of identity.
A president of the Generalitat (Valencian Government)
who states in his inaugural speech, among other quirks,
that he hopes “Spain will rise united”:
well I don’t think the [Catalan] language is one of the priorities
of his politics.
He has got a political vision based on the idea
that Spanish is the only language feasible.
The Valencian Government feels
that cultural assertiveness is dangerous.
They can manipulate Canal 9 [regional television]
but they cannot control the outbreak of a culture
which reaches the audience all on its own.
This is impossible to censor and it scares them;
and that is why they try to attack it at its roots: public education,
which is the where the language is taught in schools.
It’s the Government of the Valencian Country
who are supposed to defend the language.
What the Government of the Partido Popular
is doing is creating laws in line with totally anti-Catalan positions.
We can see how the Valencian Government
continually attacks the language
instead of encouraging its recovery,
the recovery of a minorized language
like ours with so many problems surviving.
The Valencian Government makes policy against Catalan.
What we need to do is take back the government.
I think it’s positive that there are so very many people,
thousands and thousands of people in our country,
who want to enjoy and study the language
they live their lives in;
and not only Catalan speakers, but also those Spanish speakers
who want the language to be present
in the institutions at an educational level,
in everyday life;
and so it is ever more evident
that more and more people
wish to protect our symbols of identify.
Therefore, my view is that this is something positive
and that’s why it seems even more unreal and absurd
that the Partido Popular wants to attack [the language].
The work carried out by Escola Valenciana is essential
as regards restoring dignity to the language itself,
in terms of completely abandoning any complexes of inferiority,
and so as to work without difficulty with the students.
Gathering so many people at meetings of Catalan-speaking schools
also begins to break down barriers
and makes us feel we are not in a ghetto,
something only for Catalan speakers;
in fact many people are starting to see Catalan
as part of them
and which draws us closer,
and that’s always positive.
I think their work is very important,
a task that
is making communication in Catalan quite normal.
Normal, above all, for those new generations - children -
who will allow our language to survive.
Escola Valenciana has dignified the language and has promoted it.
Furthermore, it has done this from a very positive,
stance while encouraging the habit of study.
Moreover, Escola Valenciana is very important because
it does something that should be set as a daily practice
for all governments:
public involvement.
Escola Valenciana takes part in all the elements
that make up school life,
such as parental associations,
student bodies, trade unions, and so on.
There are local organizations
that work in their specific areas,
that are working in their high schools, in their schools,
facing the consequences every day
and let’s say working directly in their area;
more or less what Escola Valenciana represents,
and apart from that, the counterbalance
that all this represents for official politics.
I don’t think that the situation in the Valencian Country is worse
than in any of the other territories where our language is spoken.
That’s why I have hope,
because, if we are a society
whose language has been so thouroughly attacked
and after 300 years
we are still able of speaking Catalan,
of communicating and living in Catalan,
I believe the battle has been won:
that’s why I have hope.
It is also very positive
because there are many generations of young people
that are taking to the streets all over the country
and are no longer ashamed of speaking the language;
that’s thanks, in grand part,
because we have been educated in Catalan.
Our hopes rest on young people
but also on the new Valencians, on those who arrive here
and on how well we can become an open society in all respects,
among which in terms of the language.