‘Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education’

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UNESCO has recently marked the International Mother Language Day (IMLD) under the theme ‘Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education’. The main objective of the celebration was to foster sustainable development in which learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. “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,” announced Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Multilingual education facilitates access to education while promoting equity for populations speaking minority and/or indigenous languages, especially among girls and women. Moreover, it’s through the mastery of mother tongue that basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired.