The Parliamentary Assembly wishes to encourage the transmission
– throughout the education system – of European literature in all
its wealth and diversity. Knowledge of a language involves more
than just mastering it as a means of communication. Knowledge of
great works of literature enriches thought and enhances life itself.
Learning of the mother tongue and its literature plays a major
part in forging a national consciousness. Learning other European
languages and learning about their literature can help to inculcate
European citizenship. It is necessary to go beyond a strictly national
conception of literature teaching and offer schoolchildren at all
levels a transversal approach to Europe’s heritage, highlighting
the common link of respect for cultural diversity.