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01.01.2004 -

Learning from innovative language policies in Latin American countries

Several Latin American countries have long-standing experience in implementing linguistic policies concerning indigenous languages. In order to take stock of these experiences and to transmit good practices, UNESCO’s Havana Office...

 Several Latin American countries have long-standing experience in implementing linguistic policies concerning indigenous languages. In order to take stock of these experiences and to transmit good practices, UNESCO’s Havana Office -- with the support of UNAMAZ, the Association of Amazonian Universities, the Casa de las Américas and UNESCO Offices in Brasilia, Quito and Lima -- prepared six reports on linguistic policies in Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, with a focus on endangered languages and associated oral traditions and expressions. The reports were published as a book and CD entitled Lenguas y culturas en Amazonia. ¿Diversidad en peligro? (Amazonian Languages and Cultures: Diversity in danger), which was officially launched on the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, 21 May 2006. The collection analyses current language policies and stresses the urgent need for concerted multilateral efforts to safeguard Amazonia’s indigenous languages.




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