International Mother Language Day 2016

When, local time: 
Monday, 22 February 2016 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
n.andriamiseza@unesco.org

UNESCO reiterates its position on the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in early years of schooling: formal and non-formal education must deliver quality education for all learners by taking a multilingual approach, which has great potential for achieving development goal 4 of the Agenda 2030.

In line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education of the Agenda 2030, and the Education 2030 Framework for Action, the theme of Mother Language Day (IMLD) 2016 is, "Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes".

On the occasion of the Day, UNESCO reiterates its position on the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in early years of schooling: formal and non-formal education must deliver quality education for all learners by taking a multilingual approach, which has great potential for achieving development goal 4 of the Agenda 2030. It facilitates access to education – while promoting fairness – for population groups that speak minority and indigenous languages, in particular girls and women; it raises the quality of education and learning achievement by laying emphasis on understanding and creativity, rather than on rote and memorisation; it strengthens the cognitive aspect of learning by ensuring, through use of the mother tongue, that what is learnt is applied directly in the learner’s life; it increases dialogue and interaction between the learner and the teacher by providing the opportunity for genuine communication from the outset.