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The absence of bilingualism in "multicultural" schools of Marosvásárhely/Tirgu Mures
Parents in Marosvásárhely for bilingualism

2010 January

In 2010 January a group of Marosvásárhely/Tirgu Mures parents whose children study in "Dacia" School, "Europe" High School,  "Liviu Rebreanu" High School and in the No. 2 Primary School surveyed the languages projected by these schools, and found an utter lack of Hungarian language inside or outside their buildings in what concerns public interest messages, bulletin boards, and in the entire communication of the schools toward the children.
The fact that Hungarian children can study in their mother tongue in mixed-language schools, does not mean that the Hungarian community's language rights are fully respected.  Marosvásárhely's mixed-language education schools are limiting language rights of Hungarian children solely to their classroom studies.  School communications, their linguistic landscape do not reflect at all the Hungarian children's presence in these schools.  As example the façades of the schools, their bulletin boards, and their publications are solely monolingual (Romanian only).

More the 200 parents has signed the petition (50 signatures/school) requesting the usage of the Hungarian language in school communications, inside the school environment and on the exterior, on the facade of the school, on different school buildings, and generally within the entire communication scene.

Should the schools choose to refuse the present request, or if they do not respond within the time prescribed by law (30 days), the parents are prepared to turn with their legitimate claim to higher authorities and are prepared to take further steps for the language rights of their children.  This, to make sure that at those schools where their children are studying true multiculturalism and multilingualism is to appear.  These rights are guaranteed by the Local Administration Act No. 2001/215 regarding public institutions, the Constitution, and by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages ratified by Romania through the Act No. 2007/282.

Press Release
Open letter addressed to the management of the schools
European City Seminars 2010 - Ethnicity in the City
16-22 April 2009

Photo taken by Viorica Buica

Our colleague, Batizán Emese Emőke has participated at a research seminar organized by the Multicultural Centre Prague (website European City), Insitute for Public Affairs, Villa Decius Association and Rejs e.V. (magazine Plotki). There were invited researchers, journalists and artists to participate in a unique project that will deal with ethnic themes in central European cities.
Historically, European cities always faced the challenge of dealing with migration; the urban much more than the rural spaces thus became the realm in which the ability to integrate, accommodate and include diverse and changing populations had to be negotiated. Any talk of inclusion should, however take note underlying power structures, and question who defines the rules of integration. How are the chances of this model´s survival in a changing economic and demographic environment, characterized by the influx of new migrants, the rising power of developers and investors, and the spread of urban areas beyond its historic borders? The uncertainty about the future of the "European city" model is maybe most visible in case of the cities of Central and Eastern Europe, which experience a process of rapid changes that affects the cities´ social and built fabric and the political steering of its development. These were the questions discussed and debated during the event.
The use of mother tongue in official institutions
1 April  2010

"The Use of the Mother Tongue in the Official Institutions" was the title of the conference held in Csíkszereda/ Miercurea Ciuc organized by the Local and County Council, having as goal the promotion of the usage of regional languages, the usage of spoken and written Hungarian in different institutions of the administrations, in mayors' offices, in the local and county councils and in the so called "de-concentrated" institutions.  The conference was opened by Mr. László Zsolt Ladányi, the prefect of Hargita/Harghita County, followed by the speeches of Mr. Csaba Sógor, European Parliamentary deputy and Mr. Csaba Borboly the chair of the Hargita/Harghita County Council.  Mr. István Horváth, the chair of the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities presented the findings of the research entitled The Usage of Administrative Language in the County of Hargita/Harghita in Local and De-concentrated State Institutions.  The title of Ms. Erika Mária Tódor's presentation was: Language Usage in Administration and Viable Bilingualism.  The conference has ended with the presentation of our colleague's Ms. Emese Emőke Batizán who aimed to answer the question: What Can a Leader do for the Usage of Hungarian Language?

Open letter related to the initiation "Let's start to achieve the official status for the Hungarian language"
17 March 2010

The media-events of the last days as well as the methods and contents of the information disseminated by different media have compelled our organization, the Civic Engagement Movement (CEMO) to formulate two open letters.
Our first open letter is addressed to the Realitatea TV and Antena 3 TV.  These TVs are broadcasting in Romanian language, and during informing a large population about the latest events related to bilingualism in Romania they have shown obvious signs of lack of professional journalism and absence of politically correct attitude.  These TVs have informed the public adding their disapproval about the fact that the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Béla Markó has mailed a bilingual, Romanian and Hungarian official letter to the schoolmasters of Maros/Mureş County (county in Romania populated by Romanians and Hungarians almost in equal percentages) and stating that this fact was received with revulsion by the Romanian schoolmasters and the Romanian public opinion.  These TVs have additionally informed with revulsion the public about the March 15th celebrations, about the national holiday of Hungarians.  Our organization has monitored only the two above mentioned televisions because; given our limited human resources we could not cover all Romanian language national media channels.
Our second open letter is addressed to Mr. Balázs Izsák and it is related to his initiation of the "Let's Start to Achieve the Official Status for the Hungarian Language".  In this open letter we express the professional standpoint and the opinion of our organization.

In the attached documents you can read these open letters that we have written, unfortunately only in Romanian and Hungarian languages.

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Opportunities for the assertion of minority-rights
20 February 2010

Ms. Enikő Szigeti, the Executive Director of the Civic Engagement Movement (CEMO) has held an interactive presentation at Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfântu Gheorghe about the opportunities for assertion of minority-rights.  After presenting the CEMO, Enikő Szigeti made the participants realize the importance of individual responsibilities, the importance of local community initiatives and she convinced those who were present that they themselves should attempt to assert and practise their own rights.  "The relationship between the state and minority is like a bad human relationship, and it can be solved only by the minority itself" - Ms. Enikő Szigeti stated.  The instruments and modalities will become visible and available as soon as we have taken the decision that we want to do something in order to assert and to put into practice our rights.

Will there be a real bilingualism in Transylvania? It depends on you.
19 February 2010

"Will there be a real bilingualism in Transylvania? It depends on you." was the title of a presentation that was held in Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc at 19 February 2010.  This evening, during the interactive presentation lively with questions and remarks from participants, members of our organization presented the internal Romanian legal framework as well as those international conventions that were ratified by Romania in the area of bilingualism and minority rights which would allow achieving bilingualism in our country,.  Following presenting various successful multicultural models and societies, we were to convince those present about the necessity of societal bilingualism in ethnically mixed regions as well as about the necessity of individual responsibility and civic engagement.
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