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Saturday, 20 February 2016

International Mother language Day 2016, February 21

Международного дня родного языка, 21 февраля.
International Mother Language Day, 21 February.
Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna, 21 de febrero.
Journée internationale de la langue maternelle, 21 Février.
 يوم الدولي للغة الأم، 21 فبراير.

Тема 2016 года - «Качественное образование, язык(и) преподавания и результаты обучения».
主题2016年:  “优质教育、教学语言和学习效果。”
Theme 2016 : “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.”
 Tema 2016 : “Edcación de calidad, lengua(s) de instrucción y resultados del aprendizaje
Thème 2016 « Éducation de qualité, langue(s) d’enseignement et résultats de l’apprentissage ».
 موضوع 2016: جودة التعليم واللغات النتائج تعليم والتعلم.

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2016.

 The theme of the 2016 International Mother Language Day is “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.”
This underlines the importance of mother languages for quality education and linguistic diversity, to take forward the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In Sustainable Development Goal 4, the 2030 Agenda focuses on quality education and lifelong learning for all, to enable every woman and man to acquire skills, knowledge, and values to become everything they wish and participate fully in their societies. This is especially important for girls and women, as well as minorities, indigenous peoples, and rural populations. This is reflected in UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action, a road-map to implement the 2030 Agenda, encouraging full respect for the use of mother language in teaching and learning, and the promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity.
Multilingualism is essential to drive these objectives forward – it is vital for success across the 2030 Agenda, regarding growth, employment and health, as well as sustainable consumption and production, and climate change.
UNESCO brings the same focus to advancing linguistic diversity on the Internet, through support to relevant local content as well as media and information literacy. Through the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme, UNESCO is highlighting the importance of mother and local languages as channels for safeguarding and sharing indigenous cultures and knowledge, which are vast reservoirs of wisdom.
Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies. We must recognise and nurture this power, in order to leave no one behind, to craft a more just and sustainable future for all.
This is UNESCO’s message on this International Mother Language Day.

Irina Bokova

Forum : International Mother Language Day

There is growing awareness that Languages play a vital role in process of integration and into all aspects of public life but particularly in Education.

 Events :  22 February 2016 - Celebration of the International Mother Language Day at UNESCO Headquarters.



 Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10 a.m. - Session 1 Official Opening

Moderator: Ms Lydia Ruprecht, Team Leader for Global Citizenship Education within the
Section of Education for Sustainable Development and Global citizenship, UNESCO

Welcome remarks: Ms Al-Nashif Nada, Assistant Director-General for Social and
Human Sciences, UNESCO

Speech: H.E. Mr M. Shahidul Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and
                   Permanent Delegate to UNESCO

Speech, Mr Adama Ouane, Administrateur, Organisation internationale de la
                  Francophonie (OIF)

11 to 12.30 a.m. - Session 2 : Quality education, language(s) of instruction and Learning
outcomes - Presentations and discussion.

Moderator: Ms Noro Andriamiseza, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Education Sector

 Mr Aaron Benavot, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM):
Launch of the Policy Paper on Languages “If you don’t understand, how you can
 learn?” UNESCO Education Sector

Mr Hamidou Seydou Hanafiou, Coordinator “Initiative ELAN”, Organisation
internationale de la Francophonie (OIF):

Impact of languages of instruction on learning
Mr Fabian Charles: Club Radio France internationale (RFI)
Creole languages and languages of instruction

Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist, UNESCO
Communication and information Sector

Promotion of quality education through the UNESCO Atlas of Languages in Danger
Discussion and conclusion
1 to 2 pm. Cocktail

Languages of instruction,Learning outcomes, Social outcomes

Publication :
Advocacy toolkit for Multilingual Education

Statistics :
Proportion of pupils in primary education learning foreign languages, by language, 2014
Proportion of students learning two or more languages in upper secondary education
Is the internet contributing to the death of languages?
Foreign languages learnt per pupil in upper secondary education (general), 2009 and 2014_(¹)_(%25)_YB16-II


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