Last Thursday, the External Action Committee at the provincial and European Union levels ratified the agreement concluded between the Arab League and the general government, specifically between ALECSO (the Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization affiliated with the League of Arab States) and the Ministry of Education. The agreement that linked months ago Mrs. Meritxel Seret, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the promotion of the Arabic language in Catalan schools.
The rationale for the agreement states that the Catalan education system is on the rise Based on the multilingual teaching model. This maintains the will to enhance the recognition and learning of languages linked to students' family origins. Therefore, through this agreement, the state adapts the school model to new arrivals from Arab countries and does not make the new arrivals adapt to the Catalan school model, and as a result, the Arab League wins. Foreign policy should be understood as a defense of the national interests of Catalans, and not a defense of the national interests of other countries. Casa Ours This agreement represents a high degree of irresponsibility, especially in a country where the Catalan language is increasingly becoming a minority. The demographic pressure Catalonia is experiencing is clear, and with the institutionalization of Arabic and Spanish, there is a risk that Catalan will eventually become merely an official language. Teaching Arabic in Catalan schools could exacerbate this situation.
The counterpart of the agreement can be understood to mean that the Catalan language will be promoted in schools in the following countries: Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman. , United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, Somalia, Palestine, Djibouti and Comoros. Let us remember that all of this is done with the aim of promoting the learning of languages related to the students' family origins. Well, will they tell me how many Catalans attend school in these states and the large Catalan community that lives there? Here the difference appears between a group of states that have a geopolitical strategy to defend their interests and cultural expansion and another group of an independent government that not only acts as a branch of the Spanish state but also acts as a non-governmental organization.
The marginalization of Catalan in Catalonia is an objective phenomenon, and with the institutionalization of Arabic and Spanish, the survival of Catalan will be more reliable. Such a measure is like a new sword of Damocles for the situation in Catalonia, it adds more fuel to the fire in a society where more parallel societies appear every day, and this is by design; Remember the words of President Aragonés during a lunch with the Muslim community in Martorell: “You do not need to integrate into Catalonia. You are Catalonia.” Behind this statement, although it is as biased as it is pedantic, lies like an epitaph on the interests of continuing to exist as a single national community and conceals a clear intention of not wanting a strong society in which foreigners are assimilated into a common culture and language, or a model of a weak, increasingly dependent society. On management every day. This is happening in Catalonia, while other countries are working to strengthen their common rules and apply integration systems to the receiving society. But it turns out that in Catalonia we have to be more papal than the Pope.
It is important to understand the difference between concluding specific agreements to defend the national interests of Catalonia and opening the doors of education and teaching to countries with an imperialist calling in the Catalan school, where in some cases the Catalan language is practically non-existent among the students. This agreement represents a series of follies, especially in a country where, as I said before, Catalanism is in decline and where the invasion of civil rights and freedoms is impeded by external elements. For this last reason, it is necessary to take into account the specific context of the countries that make up the Arab League, which does not differentiate between state and religion. This organization is assembled by theocratic states in which basic human rights are not respected in the West and whose religious laws, such as applying the death penalty to homosexuals and women's rights, are not respected to the point of resentment. We will wait for the Minister of Equality and Feminism to express himself in this regard, and let us not forget that education is a means of transferring the knowledge, skills and values that have made us civilized to new generations.
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