Would they ever give Italy the boot? Sardinia has begun teaching the local Sardo language in primary and middle schools, alongside Italian and English, in a bid to retain the island’s rich cultural identity. So far, they’ve invested more than 900,000 euros in the project — a significant chunk of Sardinia’s total annual budget of roughly 8 billion euros. But this is about more than just their ancient mother tongue. The islanders are also expressing their secessionist spirit through heritage preservation, increasingly using language as a political tool.