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Past Activities

Languages: fifty experts watch their tongues at UNESCO (30 May-1 June)

Over 50 international experts working in education, linguistics, anthropology, media and Internet are meeting from 30 May to 1 June 2011, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to jointly develop a language assessment tool.

Celebrating the Mother Language at UNESCO Bangkok, 21 February 2011

International Mother Language Day, celebrated every year on 21 February since 2000, aims to increase awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity and of multilingual education. Language, being the means of communication, has a diversity of roles in society and can be effectively used to overcome barriers faced by many ethnolinguistic minorities.  This year’s theme centers on using information and communication technologies to safeguard and promote languages and linguistic diversity, which can assist in documenting, safeguarding and promoting languages under threat. Read more

Forum for change opens with vow to preserve languages

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva made a commitment to protect diversity and give ethnic children the right to use their mother tongue during his speech at the opening of the International Conference on Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals, held in Bangkok November 9-11. Read more

UNESCO co-organized conference stresses importance of mother tongue language

(9-11 November 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand)

The three-day forum provided a platform to share ideas and inspire action to increase access to education and development for ethno-linguistic communities by increasing understanding of the linkages between language and achieving the MDGs and EFA; fostering connections among a broad set of actors to support activities that integrate language and education as cross-cutting themes in achieving the MDGs and EFA; and informing policy makers and development partners on good practices to effectively incorporate language and education into strategies and policies to achieve the MDGs and EFA ahead of the 2015 deadline. Read more

International Conference on Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals, 9-11 November 2010

Languages are more than tools for communication; they help shape the identity of individuals and groups, as well as serving as a key element in social integration and cultural development. As such, languages are also strategically important for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA). Read more

Forum for change: Conference links languages to development

A three-day conference in Bangkok in November 2010, under the banner of “Language, Education and the Millennium Development Goals”, will help raise global awareness about persistent inequalities in the educational attainment of ethno-linguistic minorities and examine how good practices to increase access to a quality education for disadvantaged groups can be achieved. Read more

Regional Workshop on Mother Tongue-Based Literacy Programmes

(15-19 September 2008, Kathmandu and Lumbini, Nepal)

In order to share experiences from different countries in implementing the project including transition strategies, a regional workshop on "Mother Tongue-Based Literacy Programmes:  Developing Transition Plans from Learning in the Mother Tongue to Learning in the National Language" was organised by UNESCO Bangkok, UNESCO Kathmandu and World Education Nepal from 15-19 September 2008 in Kathmandu and Lumbini, Nepal.  Read more