20.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Local languages for global citizenship

Ha Noi, 21 Febrary 2014 - UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day with the theme ‘Local Languages for global citizenship: Spotlight on science’. As Viet Nam accelerates its path to global integration, preservation of its language heritage is capital for preserving its associated scientific knowledge.

Did you know there are 7,105 living languages in the world? How you noticed how the norm in today’s world is to use a local language, a language of wider communication and one international language to communicate at the local and global level? How many of the 109 Vietnamese living languages have you heard or heard about?

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, notes on her message on the occasion of International Language Day, how ‘recognizing these languages also means opening the door to a great deal of often overlooked tradicional scienfic knowledge to enrich our overall knowledge base’.  Language is the key to inclusion and at the center of human activity, self-expression and identity. UNESCO has celebrated International Mother Language Day 2014 for 14 years to highlight the importance of linguistic diversity and multilingualism.

In Viet Nam, UNESCO has supported the Radio Voice of Viet Nam to secure funding to implement a project which will train 60 broadcasters of ethnic minority languages of Khmer, Cham, Ede, Co Tu, Thai, H’Mong, Dao, Tay, Nung and Gia Rai ethnic groups, enhancing their skills and knowledge on digital recording, digital editing techniques and conducting Internet research for producing radio programmes in their mother tongue, contributing as a result to their value and preservation.

If you want to learn more about the importance of mother languages, follow this LINK

For more information about this international day in the region, click HERE.

To read a message from Sheldon Shaeffer, former Director of UNESCO's Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, located in Bangkok, please follow the links below:



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