UN: UNESCO says multilingual education essential for peace, creativity

New York, US (PANA)   Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement marking International Mother Language Day.

Ms. Bokova stated: "There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding of every culture."

"Access to the diversity of languages can awaken the curiosity and mutual understanding of peoples.That is why learning languages is at one and the same time a promise of peace, of innovation and of creativity," she said.

She also said that Day is an opportunity to mobilize for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular Goal 4, to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

"Education and information in the mother language is absolutely essential to improving learning and developing confidence and self-esteem, which are among the most powerful engines of development," UNESCO chief she said, appealing for the potential of multilingual education to be acknowledged everywhere, in education and administrative systems, in cultural expressions and the media, cyberspace and trade.

This year, the International Day, observed annually on 21 February, is devoted to multilingual education.

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference in November 1999, and it has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
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