February 21st is the day that UNESCO celebrates “mother languages” around the world. They take the opportunity to promote multilingual education precisely because of the kind of benefits that I detailed in my previous post. They recognise that providing learners with a multilingual education broadens their horizons and that, in turn, can help UNESCO to achieve their Sustainable Development goals.
So, let’s take a moment to celebrate everyone’s mother language. Ask a student to teach you a phrase in their language. Ask them to teach each other. Enjoy the enormous linguistic and cultural wealth that surrounds us every day.