Can multilingualism save the world? The notion sounds farfetched, but if an organisation such as the United Nations, no less, cites multilingual education as a way to help achieve their Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, then maybe its not such an outlandish claim. Continue reading “A little bit of politics”
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.