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AudibleAnarchist wrote

Usually when there is supposed to be cooperation between two ethnic groups which do not want to use the other's language.

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md_ wrote

So in your region, you see that people don't want to use one or the other language, and it's not just because bilingual education wasn't available to them?

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AudibleAnarchist wrote

They have bilingual education, it's just that holding the assembly in one of the languages is seen as a concession and neither side wants to concede. English sidesteps this issue.

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md_ wrote

Thanks for elaborating. That's one way circumstances can be different. Over here, practically everyone in the milieu wishes to be bilingual, but the opportunities to do that early in life didn't exist, and using the "other" language is something they desire to be able do.

How common is participation in assemblies/organising by people who recently arrived in the region and don't speak the local languages?

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AudibleAnarchist wrote (edited )

In my region in particular there is very little participation by the local population. Most assemblies/organizations are started by international/foreign parties. Locals not see them as legitimate and don't try to participate.

An example would be a friend of mine from the US and local nonprofit tried to set up a meeting with teachers and people from the Ministry of Education. The intention was to improve English education with a focus on education economically vulnerable people. None of the teachers who were invited showed up and the ministry sent a single secretary. In the few occasions where a meeting is set up there are only a few speeches made in broken english or broken other language. And then the different groups go to their own corners.

Something that is very apparent is that the willingness to learn a new language is greater in groups that are not dominant. The majority group is much less likely to know the other languages that members of the various minorities.