ECMI Project Research Associate Dr. Hanna Vasilevich shares experiences from Ukraine and Moldova at the seminar on “Open education in minority languages: chances and perspectives”. The seminar was hosted by the Mercator Research Center.
The seminar on “Open education in minority languages: chances and perspectives” offered selected presentations and discussions fostering collaborations around open educational practice and regional and minority languages. Dr. Vasilevich participated at the roundtable discussion on experiences from the field, presenting the practices from the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme. The presentation focused on the cases of Moldova and Ukraine.
Presenting the Ukrainian case, Vasilevich talked about 4 main issues:
- asynchronic Ukrainian-Russian bilingualism and the politicization of the Russian language status by both domestic and external forces.
- divergence between minorities which compactly reside in certain areas of the country and by those dispersed
- divergence between the general quality of laws and their implementation
- a significant number of internally displaced persons, many of them Crimean Tatars
Dr. Vasilevich highlight similarities of Moldova case with Ukraine and presented the main problems in terms of minority languages:
- discrepancy between laws and implementation
- lack of use and knowledge of state language in the areas settled by minorities, referring to the case of Gagauzia
- obstacles of the titular language linked to the insufficient funding, referring to the case of Gagauzia
- Specific case of Transnistria
The seminar was organized in the frameworks of the LangOER project, funded by the European Commission. LangOER aims to find out how can less used languages, including Regional and Minority languages, benefit from Open Educational Practices (OEP).