Parliamentary Event

MEITS was part of a parliamentary event to present the research of the four OWRI projects at the House of Commons on Wednesday 28 November. The event was sponsored by Stephen Kinnock MP, who spoke passionately about the UK’s need for language skills. He was followed by three other MPs, Nia Griffith, chair of the APPG on Modern Languages, Wera Hobhouse and Jim Shannon, who each shared their own experiences of the importance of languages and their value to individuals and wider society. The OWRI PIs presented four themes regarding language policy – education, community, creativity, and the theme addressed by Wendy Ayres-Bennett for MEITS, health and well-being. There was a lively discussion and a number of key individuals endorsed the importance of the four projects’ research and pledged to help carry the issues forward in government.

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