The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was established on 16 November 1945. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
Mother Languages for Global Citizenship: Spotlight on Science
On 21 February 2014 UNESCO holds International Mother Language Day. This year the focus is on the use of the mother tongue in early childhood education. In particular, the effect this has on Science education. UNESCO advocates for mother tongue instruction because of its importance in creating a strong foundation for learning: the use of the mother tongue with young children at home or in pre-school prepares them for the smooth acquisition of literacy in their mother tongue and eventually, the acquisition of a the second language at a later stage in their education.
At the summit in Paris, attendees of Mother Tongue Day in 2014 examine issues related to local languages and science. Experts will discuss the role of local languages in the promotion of traditional and indigenous knowledge and its contribution to addressing major issues related to global citizenship.
The importance of mother tongue instruction in the early years of schooling is emphasized in the findings of studies, research and reports such as the annual UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report.
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