The signing ceremony for the establishment of the International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, took place on 12 January 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The establishment of the Institute under the auspices of UNESCO to promote the right to education, linguistic diversity, cultural pluralism and understanding, follows the unanimous decision of the 38th General Conference of UNESCO in November 2015.
The Institute aims to contribute towards achieving UNESCO’s objectives by putting the issue of mother language education at the heart of national, cultural and social development.
The agreement was signed by H. E. Mr. M. Shahidul Islam, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Bangladesh to UNESCO and the Assistant Director-General for Education, Mr Qian Tang.
Category 2 institutes and centres are established and funded by Member States to contribute to the achievement of UNESCO’s objectives and are intended to serve as international or regional centres and poles of expertise or excellence to provide technical assistance and services to Member States, cooperation partners and also to the network of UNESCO field offices.