Mother Language Day is putting education in the spotlight
“How can you learn if you don’t understand?” that’s the question being asked on this UNESCO world day
As much as 40 percent of the global population can’t access education in a language they understand, which can negatively impact their success, especially if their impoverished, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
That’s the message being shared today on International Mother Language Day. “On the occasion of this Day, I launch an appeal for the potential of multilingual education to be acknowledged everywhere, in education and administrative systems, in cultural expressions and the media, cyberspace and trade,” says Irina Bokova, UNESCO director-general.
Through mastering reading and writing in the mother tongue, and sharing local minority culture, values and traditions, more sustainable futures will be possible.
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Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.