Without learning, children lose their language skills and get in touch with Polish culture. Instead of relying on someone to solve the problem for us, or swinging the sword, as the oath likes, we should prepare specific support – said Adrian Zandberg in Berlin, appealing to the government to intensify activities aimed at providing Polish children living abroad with learning the Polish language.
The politician met together in Berlin with a delegation from the Federal Union of Teachers of the Polish Language in Germany. In his opinion, Polish teachers are ready to organize certification centers in Germany and increase the number of classes, but more support is needed from the Polish government.
Poles in Germany do not currently have the status of a national minority, and the deputy from the left noted that the problem of poor access to Polish education in such countries is especially acute. Without learning, children lose their language skills and get in touch with Polish culture. Instead of relying on someone to solve the problem for us, or swaying, as he likes to swear, we should prepare specific support. This is what young Poles living across the western border especially expect. Do we want them to be able to return to Poland in the future? Let’s make sure that their children can adapt to the language – he said at a meeting with voters (Zandberg is a member of Parliament from the 19th district, where the Polish diaspora also votes, regardless of the capital’s residents) .
The Law and Justice party makes it clear that the responsibility lies with Germany. He noted that learning the Polish language would never be a priority for teaching German. – Counting that it would be different is political naivety – he added, stressing that “there are competent personnel, there are ideas” and “it is time for Poland to help young immigrants in this matter and take more responsibility for learning the Polish language abroad.”
Germany uses the Goethe-Institut for such activities. We must put our institutions to work in a similar way. The Polish flag cannot be treated negligently yet – the deputy pleaded, declaring that he would submit an interrogation to the Minister of Education and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thousands of children who lose touch with the Polish culture and language every year represent a real loss. You have to take care of them. It’s an investment that simply pays off, Adrian Zandberg said.
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