Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2016

“2016 Theme: Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes

In line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education of the 2030 Agenda, this year’s theme emphasizes the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in the early years of schooling. It facilitates access to education – while promoting fairness – for population groups that speak minority and indigenous languages, in particular girls and women; it raises the quality of education and learning achievement by laying emphasis on understanding and creativity, rather than on rote and memorisation.”

Read more @ http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/

Languages do matter!

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