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Mother Language Day
“We must harness the power of progress to protect diverse visions of the world and to promote all sources of knowledge and forms of expression,” added the Director-General.
On 21 February (Room IV, . to 5.30 p.m.), UNESCO is holding an information meeting and debate, “Projects on Linguistic Diversity and New Technologies”. , experts and representatives of UNESCO, the International Organisation of La Francophonie and the Latin Union will report on the latest updates of the Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, as well as the first results of a UNESCO project that analyses linguistic trends since the 1950s. Debates on bilingual education and the new technologies are also on the agenda.
Meanwhile, UNESCO will be launching a campaign this year via the social media Twitter and Facebook to encourage users to share stories, photos and videos illustrating the potential of new technologies for the promotion of linguistic diversity.
UNESCO promotes linguistic diversity through a wide range of projects around the world. In Chile, it has published educational materials in three , mapuche, aymara and rapa nui. In , endangered indigenous languages and cultures are being inventoried in an effort to preserve them. In Africa, a programme designed to safeguard the Batammariba culture has been launched in the region (Togo) and is teaching the ditrammari language in 12 local schools.
International Mother Language Day, celebrated every year since 2000 on 21 February, aims to raise awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity and of multilingual education.