Mother language under threat says UNESCO Director-General

In 1999, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization proclaimed Feb 21 International Mother Language Day.

It’s a day to recognize the importance of languages in education and to mobilize efforts in favor of multilingualism and linguistic diversity.

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO says Mother Language instruction is a powerful way to fight discrimination and reach out to marginalized populations and must be preserved.

“Linguistic diversity is under threat. More than half of the seven thousand languages spoken in the world may die out over the next few generations. This lost not only erodes individual communities and cultures but more broadly the very make up of our societies.”

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