26/9 marks the day each year across the Continent to celebrate European Day of Languages. The day is jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Commission to foster greater interest in citizens to develop linguistic diversity and take up more languages. Basically Europeans are being asked to expand their language skills.
This special language day is an outgrowth of another project of the European Commission and the Council of Europe known as “Year of Languages”.
The European Day of Languages is designed as a fun day of outdoor and indoor activities for adults and kids alike. At the national level, each country participating coordinates its activities with the local Ministry of Education in unison with a representative of the European Commission in each country concerned. Other language institutes can be involved too, such as the local branches of the British Council and Alliance Francaise, along with an EU member state’s consulate/embassy if they too join in.
In Athens, Greece for example, a keen participant, the special day is supported by the City’s Administration and by EUNIC - European Union National Institutes of Culture that represents 12 language institutions and embassies in the city. September 26 has therefore become a festival day with songs in many tongues and dialects, dance, storytelling and interactive games that appeal to Athenian families and visitors.
The European Day of Languages official website states that the three objectives of the Day are to:
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Regular updates are also posted for all the countries taking part in European Day of Languages :: September 26 with the hashtag: #coeEDL