International Mother Language Day 2014

International Mother Language Day 2014

Local languages for Global Citizenship: Spotlight on Science

UNESCO’s position towards multilingual education is strengthened as part of its efforts to promote global citizenship education.

According to UNESCO, “Education for Global Citizenship aims to enable learners to play an active role in both the local and global levels to address global challenges and, ultimately, contribute proactively in creating a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable “[1]. In connection to this, multilingual education has a role to play: “Multilingual education’ refers to the use of at least three languages, the mother tongue, a regional or national language and an international language in education.”[2]

In the fields of education and science, much remains to be done with regard to the development and use of mother tongue in most cases a local language; while grasping global challenges benefits from an understanding of international languages.

The Mother Tongue Day in 2014 will examine issues related to local languages and science. Experts will discuss the role of local languages in the promotion of traditional and indigenous knowledge and its contribution to addressing major issues related to global citizenship.


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[1] Outcome document of the Technical Consultation on Global Citizenship Education: Global citizenship education: an emerging perspective,2013

[2] Education in a multilingual world: UNESCO education position paper, 2003