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Observance of the International Mother Language…

Observance of the International Mother Language Day (IMLD) 2024

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Language serves as a powerful and unifying tool to connect people irrespective of their socio-economic and cultural differences. It transcends geographical barriers and brings people together to work for the greater cause of humanity. Thus, the power of language is universal.
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The theme of this year's International Mother Language Day is "Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning". Today, 40% of the world's population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand. In some countries this figure rises to over 90%. Yet research shows that the use of learners' own language(s) in schools provides a solid foundation for learning, boosts self-esteem and critical thinking skills, and opens the door for inter-generational learning, language revitalization, and the preservation of culture and intangible heritage. This year's celebration of International Mother Language Day is meant to highlight the importance of implementing multilingual education policies and practices as a pillar to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4.
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