What can you do?
Some practical suggestions for:
Do pupils know that many children in their schools may have mother language(s) that are different from the languages used in their schools?
Teachers can get these children to introduce themselves and talk about their families and their cultures, and teach a little of their mother language to other children.
They can read poetry, tell a story or sing a song in their mother language.
Paintings and drawings with captions in mother languages can be displayed inside and outside schools.
They may know that their fellow students come from a different culture and use a different language but they donít take the time to find out more. This is the opportunity to do so.
They can make a survey on mother languages existing on the campus by interviewing fellow students and publish the results on internet.
Cultural activities such as films, plays and music that celebrate different languages can be organized.
Every year UNESCO produces press information about the Day.
Local and national media can play a part by producing articles on the local languages spoken in their regions and the cultural expressions of these languages.
It is particularly important that this be not only the printed media, but also the radio and television.