Papua New Guinea has over 800 languages

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Papua New Guinea has over 800 languages

Based on the common UNESCO strategy for languages and multilingualism, the work on languages in education seeks to promote access and quality education. 

This strategy acknowledges the vital interaction between linguistic and cultural diversity. It is also guided by the principle of equality of all cultures and languages. 

Language policies and practices in education are linked to all six Education For All (EFA) goals, and most directly to Goal 6, which focuses on improving every aspect of the quality of education. Language is an important factor to enhance learning in an environment linked to community, culture and, more broadly, to a national education system. 

Related Links

General Conference Resolution 30 C/5
Implementation of a language policy for the world based on multilingualism (pg 35)

Education in a Multilingual World (2003)
A position paper which outlines key concepts and normative instruments on education with languages provision as well as the three UNESCO principles on languages and education (pg 157)

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