International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day celebrates inclusion at school and in society

The UN educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, has encouraged people everywhere to celebrate the world’s diversity by supporting multilingualism at school and in everyday life: the theme for International Mother Language Day, observed on Sunday.

Tech talk could save at-risk languages from dying, says IT multilingual content developer

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Andrew Bredenkamp of Translators Without Borders, explains how the non-governmental organization is partnering with tech giants including Facebook, Google and Microsoft on projects that will deepen understanding of the needs of at-risk communities to save their languages from disappearing.

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Learning languages gives you many chances in life: South Sudan journalist

A radio journalist at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is highlighting the benefits of multilingualism.

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan crisis, Southern Africa and multilingualism

South Sudan famine aid effort hampered by security fears

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Repressing mother languages “playing with fire”: UN language expert

Languages provide “strong emotional links,” so repressing the use of mother languages is “playing with fire”.

That’s according to Fernando Lopez Murcia, coordinator of the Spanish Language programme at the United Nations Headquarters.

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