Panel Discussion on Language Discrimination
Should Schools Offer Room For All Languages?
On Thursday the 25th of February, in commemoration of the International Day of Mother Languages, Rutu Foundation organised a panel discussion on language discrimination at the beautiful Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. The evening was filled with moving stories by multilingual speakers Christella Munganyende, Dr. Jamiu Busari, Suheyla Yalcin and Jahkini Bisselink, who shared the impact that language discrimination in education has had on their lives.
The presentations were followed by a spoken word performance by slam poet Malique and a lively discussion led by Tanja Jadnanansing, Dutch Member of Parliament, with contributions from Prof. Dr. Kutlay Yagmur, Professor of Language, Identity and Education from Tilburg University.
19.30: Welcome by Ellen-Rose Kambel, director Rutu Foundation
- Hélène Christelle Munganyende, founder IamShero
- Jamiu Busari, pediatrician Zuyderland Medical Center Heerlen
- Suheyla Yalcin, co-worker Vluchtelingenwerk
- Jahkini Bisselink, high school student Berlage Lyceum Amsterdam
20.15: Break and Spoken Word performance by Malique Mohamud.
20.40: Discussion led by Tanja Jadnanansing (Member of Parliament Dutch Labour Party)
- with Prof. Dr. Kutlay Yagmur, Professor of Language, Identity and Education Tilburg University
21.30 uur: Closing
I carry stories inside of me. Each one in another language
by Hélène Christelle Munganyende
“It is almost poetic; speaking the language of a country you have never really known. It is almost a tragedy; speaking the language of a country where you will never really belong.” Read Christella’s story.
How bilingualism affected my school career
by Jahkini Bisselink
“At home I speak English with my father and Dutch with my mother….In elementary school, my bilingualism became a problem for my teachers.” Read Jahkini’s story.
The greatest mistake of my life
by Suheyla Yalcin
“The decision my parents made to only teach us Dutch still has an effect on my daily life. My father calls it the biggest mistake of his life.” Read Suheyla’s story.