What is multilingual education?
On the occasion of this Day, I launch an appeal for the potential of multilingual education to be acknowledged everywhere, in education and administrative systems and in the media, cyberspace and trade.
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
Multilingual education facilitates access to education while promoting equity for populations speaking minority and/or indigenous languages, especially girls and women:
- It emphasizes the quality of teaching and learning with a focus on understanding and creativity;
- It reinforces the cognitive aspect of learning by ensuring the direct application of learning outcomes to the learner’s life through the mother tongue;
- It enhances dialogue and interaction between learner and teacher by allowing genuine communication from the beginning;
- It facilitates participation and action in society and gives access to new knowledge, thus ensuring a harmonious interaction between the global and the local.
Message from UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova
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