Promoting the dissemination of mother tongues is essential
to maintaining linguistic and cultural diversity in the world. Marking
International Mother Language Day (MLD), UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized
that "the use of mother languages in a multilingual approach is an
essential component of quality education, which is itself the foundation for
empowering women and men and their societies.”
The theme of MLD 2016 is “Quality
education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes."
The choice of theme for 2016 corresponds to the fact that the
promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity figure prominently in the
new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development to enable minorities, indigenous peoples and rural populations to
acquire the skills, knowledge and values needed to become everything they
wish and to participate fully in their societies, which requires that the use
of their languages in education be guaranteed.
To mark MLD, the National Institute of Indigenous Languages
(INALI) will hold the first international congress on legal pluralism and the
linguistic rights of indigenous peoples.
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