National Language Institute Curaçao

Welcome to the National Language Institute Curaçao, a pioneering institution marking a new era of language policy on the multilingual island of Curaçao. The National Language Institute of Curaçao aims to promote multilingual coexistence in this unique society where Papiamentu, English, Dutch, and Spanish thrive in education, the workplace, and everyday life.
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Our Vision

The National Language Institute of Curaçao envisions a harmonious and inclusive multilingual society where Papiamentu is not only spoken as a mother tongue but is also embraced as a second language by the entire community. We aspire for citizens to master not only Papiamentu but also the foreign languages Dutch, English, and Spanish at an acceptable level, creating a community where linguistic diversity is celebrated.


Our Mission

Our mission is to play a crucial role in implementing and promoting the government-established language policy. We strive to promote language awareness, planning, and development through two dedicated departments: the Akademia di Papiamentu and the Department of Modern Foreign Languages (Dutch, English, and Spanish).

Our departments

  1. Akademia di Papiamentu
    • Promotion of language awareness through unified language policy and planning.
    Development of Papiamentu in terms of spelling, standardization, grammar, dictionaries, language corpora, and learning materials.

  2. Department of Modern Foreign Languages
    • Guidance and support in implementing the guidelines as outlined in the National Language Policy Curaçao.
    • Focus on Dutch, English, and Spanish as foreign and instructional languages.

Key Initiatives

Continuity from FMS/FPI:
The National Language Institute continues the valuable work initiated by the Fundashon Material pa Skol (FMS) and the Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma (FPI), integrating dedicated staff and language material production with renewed attention to excellence and growth. This unity will approach school boards and themExpertisecentrum voor Toetsen en Examens (ETE).

Future Collaborations:
The National Language Institute of Curaçao plans close collaboration with:
– Aruba and Bonaire through an ABC platform, Union di Papiamentu;
– Relevant entities in the Netherlands, such as the Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (INT) and the Nederlandse taalunie; 
– Institutions in the Caribbean region like the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)/International Baccalaureate (IB) and Instituto Cervantes.

Join the National Language Institute of Curaçao as we journey towards a linguistically rich and connected Curaçao.


Celebrate the beauty of language with us!