The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day, “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society,” captures the essence of the Language Friendly School. This is what Language Friendly Schools do: fostering their students’ multilingualism, making sure that everyone is included and celebrating diversity. To celebrate International Mother Language Day, we created a video showing what Language Friendly Schools do.

Language diversity is not a problem but rather the solution

For Language Friendly Schools, language diversity is not a problem but rather the solution to create a climate of inclusion and well-being. A Language Friendly School values all languages of the community equally. The objective is that all students feel welcome, enjoy their full identity, and build on that to enhance their overall academic performance. Principals, educators, students, community members, and parents or guardians work together toward these common goals.

How do Language Friendly Schools do it?

The Language Friendly School network is open to all schools, public, private, international, primary, secondary and even tertiary schools are welcome. The Language Friendly Schools are all different, with varying student populations and operating in vastly different education systems. So each school is encouraged to create their own Language Friendly School-activities. For example:

  • students are encouraged to participate in the classroom as active agents and leaders by sharing their languages and cultural practices with their peers.
  • teachers develop classroom activities that are both relevant and relatable to students and their families
  • school teams cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion and diversity by ensuring that parents, caregivers and community partners are all involved in the program.

But why don’t you watch the video and have a look for yourself!

Take a look at our Language Friendly Schools

Get to know our Language Friendly Schools in the Netherlands and Canada! Click on the link to discover tips for success, activities and get a sneak-peek into each schools’ individual Language Friendly approach.

February 21st is the International Mother Language Day. This day was declared by UNESCO “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”. The theme of 2021 is “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society.”
The whole week leading up to February 21st, we are spotlighting our Language Friendly Schools who welcome, value and include all languages at their schools.

Sint Janschool, Amsterdam

The first Tip for Success comes from the vice-principal of the St. Janschool in Amsterdam, Dieneke Blikslager, who states that when it comes to language inclusion “You don’t need to change anything about your education system. You just need to add a language-friendly sauce.” Click here to find out more about what makes the St. Janschool a Language Friendly School.
invitation webinar

With the Language Friendly School, we envision a world in which all children have access to a language friendly-learning environment: a place where they feel accepted and valued for who they are and no child is punished for speaking his or her mother tongues in school. All schools are welcome to join. The network is open for primary and secondary schools; international, private, public and many more.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the onboarding process for new schools in the network of Language Friendly Schools has gone virtually 100% online. This means that for new schools around the world, we do not have to wait for a local partner to support your school in becoming language friendly. We will organise a series of free online information webinars to explain the first steps.

Free information webinar

The webinar will be hosted by the Language Friendly School Team. After an overview of what the Language Friendly School is and what the benefits are of becoming part of our network, we will be happy to answer your questions.

The next information webinar will be held on Wednesday 2 December 2020, 15.00-15.45h (CET). To register for this webinar or stay updated on future webinars, please fill out this form. Please note: to allow for optimal interaction, we have room for a limited number of guests.  If the webinar is full, we will notify you of the next opportunity.