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UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017

UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017

Towards sustainable future through Multilingual Education

“On the occasion of this Day, an appeal has been launched for the potential of multilingual education to be acknowledged everywhere, in education and administrative system, in cultural expressions and the media, cyberspace and trade.”

                                                                                          Irina bokova,UNESCO Director-General

UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017 under the theme “Towards Sustainable Future through Multilingual Education”. To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit culture, value and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.

What is multilingual education?

Multilingual education facilitates access to education while promoting equity for populations speaking minority and/or indigenous languages, especially girls and woman:

  • It emphasizes the quality of teaching and learning with focus on understanding and creativity;

  • It reinforces the cognitive aspect of learning by ensuring the direct application of learning outcomes to the learner’s life through the mother tongue

  • It enhances dialogue and interaction between learner and teacher by allowing genuine communication from the beginning.

  • It facilitate participation and action in society and gives access to new knowledge and cultural expressions, thus ensuring a harmonious interaction between the global and the local.

 

Written by : Fezile Dabi

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