Education, minorised languages and identity

Official bilingualism in Canada is a nineteenth century legacy. In 1977, Quebec introduced its Charter of the French Language to promote and preserve French in the province, thereby indirectly defying Canada’s official federal policy on bilingualism. The Charter demanded real fulfilment of the language education policy, which recognises the right of fathers and mothers who so wish to have their children educated at French-speaking state schools.

Speaking correctly, communicating and living in a language, French or otherwise, does not only have an academic, intellectual or social worth, it is also an aspect of identity. In this respect, the teaching of minorised languages often represents an act of vindication and resistance in which the teachers play an enormously decisive role.

In the framework of the Global Action Week for Education we present this film considered by its author to be more of an ode to the education system than a criticism, despite the fact that it points the finger at some of the most discordant aspects of a system which is not precisely perfect, but which is charged with the responsibility of developing people, sometimes excessively so.

Film: Monsieur Lazhar

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