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LEARNMe - Mercator Network

Less widely spoken languages have very special needs when it comes to education. Often practitioners but also policy makers are overstrained when it comes to finding solutions for these needs.

The LEARNMe (Language and Education Addressed through Research and Networking by Mercator) project is an EU funded project providing policy guidelines and recommendations for policy stakeholders in the field as well as for practitioners. These guidelines and recommendations are meant to provide a very practical outline of how multilingual needs of less used languages can be approached. We furthermore will find out how implicit or explicit policies on multilingualism and linguistic diversity can be effective through education and for what purposes.

Project outcomes and results

During the period 2013-2015, the Mercator Network, through the LEARNMe project (Language and Education Addressed through Research and Networking, Mercator) will host a series of three specialist international workshops (held in Aberystwyth, Stockholm and Barcelona), leading up to an international conference to be held in Budapest in 2015. The focus of these events will be to revisit, reanalyse and redefine the dynamic concept of linguistic diversity and its impact and relevance across the European Union.

Each of the three workshops will conclude in the production of a position paper which will in turn form the basis of a white paper which will be presented at the final conference in 2015. This final conference, to be held in Budapest in September 2015 will be attended by academics, politicians, policy makers, practitioners, activists and other key stakeholders across the European Union.

Mercator Network

The Mercator Network consists of five research and documentation centres. Each of the centres has its own thematic programme and specialist role related to minority and regional languages within the European Union:

On our LEARNMe website you can find all information on the workshops, presentations of experts, the first position paper of the project, and videos on best practices. 

Moreover, the Mercator Network also works closely with the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) and the Europeesk Buro foar Lytse Talen (EBLT), organisations of the European linguistic minorities, for whom the Mercator Network provides in-depth specialist back-up.

Download the LEARNMe brochure or visit the LEARNMe / Mercator Network website.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.