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International Mother Language Day, 21 February

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) was proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1999 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. There is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in process of integration into all aspects of public life but particularly in education. It strengthens co-operation and contributes to attaining quality education for all, building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage, and mobilizing political will to apply the benefits of science and technology to sustainable development. Languages are among the most precious, and at the same time the most fragile, treasures of mankind. 

Theme for 2016: Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes   

Using the slogan “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes”, IMLD 2016 will highlight the importance of mother languages for quality education and linguistic diversity.