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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2016 Linguapax Award to organizations in Australia & Canada

Each year on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, the Barcelona-based Linguapax International announces winners of the Linguapax Award. This year, for the first time, two civil-society organizations were recipients: Yambirrpa School Council/Djarrma Action Group of Arnherm Land in Northern Territory, Australia. This grouping represents "14 Aboriginal language groups of the Yolngu people of … Continue reading 2016 Linguapax Award to organizations in Australia & Canada

2009 Linguapax Prize winner: Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira

Maori language activist, educator and author Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira of New Zealand (or Aotearoa as it is known in Maori) is the recipient of the 2009 Linguapax Prize (source, Hispanidad press agency). She has been active for 30 years on Maori language issues. In 2001 she was recognized in New Zealand with the Te … Continue reading 2009 Linguapax Prize winner: Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira

2008 Linguapax Prize winner: Neville Alexander

The recipient of the Linguapax Prize for 2008 is Dr. Neville Alexander of South Africa. The prize is awarded annually (since 2000) in recognition of contributions to linguistic diversity and multilingual education. Although the Linguapax site does not at this writing have updated information, the website of the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia (which is connected … Continue reading 2008 Linguapax Prize winner: Neville Alexander