At the Kurultay, head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev read a report “On socio-political situation in Ukraine and main tasks of the national self-government and the system of national representation of the Crimean Tatar people in the restoration of rights of Crimean Tatars”.
Following the report, Kurultay delegates gave a standing applause to Jemilev.
In his report, head of Mejlis focused on a few points.
In particular, he voiced his position regarding education in Crimean Tatar language:
“We must demand that national schools acquire the status of Crimean Tatar schools. If this doesn’t happen, all regional Mejlises should protest. The constitution of Ukraine states that everyone has the right to be educated in their native language. However, Crimean Tatars are not covered. 90% of our children have to be educated in schools with Russian language of instruction. Some of them cannot even learn their native language in their families, as their parents, who lived in deportation, also did not have the opportunity to learn native language. At present, as you all know, the Crimean Tatar language is in UNESCO’s list as one of the endangered languages. If the situation doesn’t change, the Crimean Tatar language will disappear thus the Crimean Tatars will disappear. One of our primary tasks should be to establish system of education in the native language. But before, we should require that every school has Crimean Tatar language lessons.”