Shift your language border with the European Charter Classroom Activities (ECCA) project



Through the European Charter Classroom Activities (the ECCA project), schools can work on activities from the European Charter for Regional Languages of Minority languages in the classroom. The ECCA project aims to develop classroom activities and bringing young people and teachers from different language regions closer together through an exchange program

What are we going to do?

Developing classroom activities

Exchanging students and teachers

In February 2019 the Council of Europe developed a tool for European schools in order to be able to work more actively on the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages. Meanwhile, this tool, the so-called ‘educational guidelines to bring in linguistic diversity in the classrooms’ is being translated into several different languages. As seven partners of the ‘Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity’ (NPLD) we have started up this ECCA project to further develop this tool into more specific classroom activities suitable for use in the area of language. Schools interested in the educational material can download it here.

The ECCA project brings young people and teachers from different language regions together. By looking at the way language is handled in another country, you also find out more about what you feel and think about your own language. Why do young people in Udine and Fassa Valley still speak Friulan and Ladin with each other in their schoolyard, instead of just Italian? And what is it, that makes Catalan and Hungarian young people of Romania proud of their language? In this ECCA project we will set up an exchange program in cooperation with different schools. By meeting local people at school and at home in a country where a language is spoken that is, like your own language, not the only language in a region or country, you get to find out more about what language can mean.

Which schools are joining?


Join our contest and win an exchange!

Do you want to cross borders with your own language? If your school joins the ECCA project and you speak Friulian, Frisian, Catalan, Ladin or Hungarian in Romania: make a short YouTube video about the following question: what does your language mean to you, now and in the future? The person who produces  the best YouTube video will be invited to participate in a short student exchange program! In cooperation with your school you will get to go on an exchange program to another linguistic region in Europe for a few days in 2020. You will stay with a family who speaks Friulan (IT), Hungarian (RO), Ladin (IT), Frisian (NL) or Catalan (ESP). Join this contest and cross the border of your own region with your own language! 

Kick-off meeting on 15 November 2019 in Brussel

On 15 November the kick-off of the ECCA project will take place in Brussels during a special conference.  All NPLD partners who are involved in this project will be present in this first meeting. Representatives from the different schools who are joining the project will also be in Brussels. Speakers at this Conference will be:  Mr Sixto Molina, Head of Secretariat, European Charter for Minority and Regional Languages, Mr Fernando Ramallo, Vigo University  Spain, and Mr Vicent Climent, NPLD. During this conference we will be exploring how to go ahead with de classroom activities concerning the European Charter and teachers will be trained in t

“Language is not just a means of communication, it is part of who you are. The European Charter gives rights to young people in language regions,  something  they often don’t even know about. This ECCA project would like to raise awareness about the European Charter and make it better known.”

Sabrina Rasom, project-leader ECCA
Comun general de Fascia – Province of Trento