International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

Date posted: February 21, 2017

Today is International Mother Language Day!

UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017 under the theme “Towards Sustainable Futures 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 cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.

For examples of mother language-based multilingual education (MTB MLE) from around the world, read Literacy in multilingual and multicultural contexts: Effective Approaches to Adult Learning and Education.

For more resources on mother language-based multilingual education, visit the International Mother Language Day website.

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