We join the world and language community today celebrating International Mother Language Day (IMLD). This year’s theme is “Multilingual education – a necessity to transform education.”
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
- Children taught in their mother tongue are 30% more likely to read the basics by the end of primary school.
- At most one in five children in Africa are taught in their mother tongue.
- In sub-Saharan Africa children taught in their mother tongue are 130% more likely to read by the end of primary school.
- More than 6,700 languages are spoken worldwide, but at least 40% are threatened with extinction.
IMLD was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in November 1999. The UN General Assembly welcomed the proclamation of the day in its resolution of 2002.
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Happy International Mother Language Day 2023!