Unicode as Learning Tool for Immigrant Children
Mats Wennerholm - National Agency for Education
Europe is the region with the highest concentration of non-nationals in the word. Children of these immigrants are often the agents of integration of their families, being the ones who start to speak the local language. But they are also in a difficult situation of culturally and linguistically diverse. A Multilanguage website supported by the National Agency for Education in Sweden, has been built by teachers as a resource for colleagues working in child- care and school education. This idea has now spread to the European school net.
We would like to share with attendees at the conference the specific problems we have solved by computing with Unicode. But we would also like to share those problem we still face trying to produce web pages and dynamic services in Arabic, Persian, Dari, Kurdish on our western European standard servers and computers.
Please visit the "mother tongue theme site", http://modersmal.skolverket.se. The European web site is under construction to be presented at the "e-schoola", http://www.eun.org/eun.org2/eun/html/eschola2002/index.html 08/04 ? 09/05 2002. At that time we plan to have Albanian, Pashto, Tagalog and Gujarati among the other languages at the web site.
The paper will include a short briefing of websites and in a more detailed form describe some practical problems faced by end users, trying to handle the landmarks of Unicode computing.
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