Mrs. France Marquet, SAF Representative to UNESCO attended Multilingual Education at UNESCO 2024

News UNESCO Headquaters, Paris - 5th March 2024

International Mother Language Day at UNESCO

International Mother Language Day at UNESCO

Celebration of International Mother Language Day
21 February 2024 - 10:00 am - 21 February 2024 - 1:00 pm
Location:  UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
Rooms : Room IV
Type : Cat VIII - Symposia
Arrangement type : In-Person
Language(s) : French,Spanish,English

Today, 40% of the world’s population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand. In some countries this figure rises to over 90%.  Yet research shows that the use of learners’ own language(s) in schools provides a solid foundation for learning, boosts self-esteem and critical thinking skills, and opens the door for inter-generational learning, language revitalization, and the preservation of culture and intangible heritage.

UNESCO’s celebration of International Mother Language Day 2024 will highlight the importance of implementing multilingual education policies and practices as a pillar to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4 which calls for inclusive, quality education and lifelong learning for all as well as to the objectives of the International Decade on Indigenous Languages (2022 – 2032). 

Join experts in early childhood education, literacy, informal learning and indigenous languages as they discuss how multilingual education policies and practices can be implemented to ensure inclusive, quality learning for all that enhances not only learning outcomes but the transmission of intergenerational knowledge, languages, culture and intangible heritage.

This year's event at UNESCO HQ will include two panel discussions on multilingual education. Interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.

 Source: UNESCO