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Peru’s National Policy for Indigenous Languages and its new vision for a multilingual State
Come join us for a talk with Agustin Panizo, Director of the Indigenous Languages Division of Peru’s Ministry of Culture.
Panizo will discuss how according to the Peruvian Government Census, in Peru, there are 47 indigenous languages spoken by around four million speakers. Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language, with three million speakers in the country, followed by Aymara spoken by half a million speakers. There are also 43 Amazonian languages spoken across different regions. This diversity constitutes Peru’s and the world’s cultural patrimony. It also presents us with a challenge: developing appropriate language policies and guaranteeing the linguistic rights of speakers of all languages in a country in which the state has until recently used only Spanish to the exclusion of all other languages. This talk will focus on the progress the Peruvian state and society have made and on the challenges they have faced in the process of implementing linguistic rights.