International Mother Language Day 2017 & the Linguapax Prize

The 18th annual International Mother Language Day (IMLD), observed today (21 February 2017), has as its theme, "Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education," which seems to carry on the focus on language in education from last year (presumably still with an eye on Sustainable Development Goal #4). The definition of multilingual education given on UNESCO's … Continue reading International Mother Language Day 2017 & the Linguapax Prize

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Two language museums in Washington

On the eve of International Mother Language Day (IMLD), here's a quick look at the news that the Washington, DC area will get a second museum dedicated to languages: Planet Word Museum. This project began several years ago, based on the vision of Ann B. Friedman, a philanthropist and former reading instructor, and was incorporated … Continue reading Two language museums in Washington

Literacy Day double take

There are two days devoted to literacy: International Literacy Day, today, 8 September 2016 (poster on right); and Indigenous Literacy Day, which was celebrated in Australia yesterday. International Literacy Day has been observed for a half-century, with UNESCO taking the lead by, among other things, choosing a theme (this year's is "Reading the Past, Writing … Continue reading Literacy Day double take

International Mother Language Day, 2016

The 17th annual International Mother Language Day (IMLD), observed today (21 February 2016), has as its theme "Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes." Each IMLD has had a theme, and this year's links mother languages to Sustainable Development Goal 4 of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda, which "focuses on quality education and lifelong … Continue reading International Mother Language Day, 2016

Visualizing language, development, education & ICT connections

A few years ago, I came across the following "model of development communication with regard to language(s) and education" by Ekkehard Wolff, a professor emeritus and former Chair of African Studies at the University of Leipzig. It was presented in a 2006 working document entitled "Optimizing Learning and Education in Africa – the Language Factor: … Continue reading Visualizing language, development, education & ICT connections

What about the “Declaration of Linguistic Rights”?

There are probably not many people who have heard of the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights (UDLR). The whole concept of linguistic rights is not widely known or discussed outside of some "MINEL" (minority, indigenous, national, endangered, local) language communities and language experts and activists. During this International Year of Languages, and with an upcoming … Continue reading What about the “Declaration of Linguistic Rights”?