GS speaks at BIC event

Celtic League News

The general secretary of the League was invited to present his work into the Cornish language and early years as part of an international conference organised by the British-Irish Council (BIC) in Cardiff last week.

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot was asked to speak at the conference in his role as director of a Cornish language nursery school movement and a specialist in early years education about developing Cornish medium pre-school provision in Cornwall.
The two day conference entitled ‘Promoting Indigenous, Minority and Lesser-used Languages through Early Years Education’ saw over a hundred politicians, policy advisors and civil servants meet at the Holiday Inn hotel to present and discuss good practice in relation to the chosen topic. The conference delegates represented all governmental jurisdictions of the UK, Britain and Ireland, with the aim of feeding back to governments and policy makers about how the different jurisdictions can work more closely together in the future and how educational provision through each of the respective minority languages can be extended.

Since 2009 Mr Tal-e-bot has worked on the development of the Cornish language in the early years of education and is a specialist in the field, having work previously for the Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia, Iruña/Pamplona and the British Council. Other speakers at the conference included the Minister of the Environment, Food and Agriculture (Isle of Man), Minister of Education (Wales) and the head of children’s services at Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta (Ireland).
The British-Irish Council is one of the institutions created under the Good Friday Agreement and works to exchange information, discuss, consult and use best endeavours to reach agreement on co-operation on matters of mutual interest within the competence of the relevant administrations. The Celtic League does not support the functioning of BIC, because the organisation does not include Brittany in its work.

Some of the talks given at the BIC meeting will be available on Celtic League TV over the coming week.


The British-Irish Council

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General Secretary,
Celtic League
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