International Mother Language Day 2015

The 21st of February marks the 15th anniversary of International Mother Language Day. The theme this year is ‘Inclusion in and through Education: Languages Matter’. The Rutu Foundation asked bilingual friends all over the world to share what their mother language mean to them. How did an indigenous community in Suriname celebrate the…

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Kari’na is one of the severely endangered languages of Suriname and Galibi is the only community where the language is still widely spoken. In fact, the parents, village leaders and teachers of Galibi have been the driving force behind our pilot project to design bilingual education materials and to train teachers in…

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UNESCO has long insisted that languages play an essential role in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In a brochure released last year UNESCO explains why. Among others: Languages are essential to achieving universal primary education (MDG 2). the safeguarding of local and indigenous knowledge and know-how with a view to ensuring…

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