Parents should talk to their child from the very beginning, even when the child is still in the belly (Photo by nappy).

The municipality of Zaanstad, located just north of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, recently announced its intention to adopt a policy of bilingualism for children with a migrant background. “We recognize the multilingual identity of the multilingual child and welcome every child in his entirety,” it is said in the official document. ‘We recognise and appreciate the basic language and culture of the child.'” If adopted, Zaanstad may well be the first Language Friendly municipality of the Netherlands.

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The network of Language Friendly Schools is growing. At the moment, around 15 schools are in the process to become a Language Friendly School. One of them is the Optimist International School in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands. They shared their experience of their first steps in this process on their website. And they created a special video to introduce their language friendly activities.

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Starting on Giving Tuesday Now, within one month, we will translate one hundred stories. Will you join us?

On Tuesday May 5 2020, the first Giving Tuesday Now took place. This global day for giving and unity is an emergency response to the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19. Now that schools are closed, multilingual children who speak a different language at home, miss out on the languages they would otherwise use at school. Continue Reading