21F International Mother Language Day

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How is life without communication? How can we connect? Cry? Pray? Read? Learn? Love?

Language is the base to everything. Language in the way we can build nations and relations. We can make contracts and poems. Language is our soul. Our culture and our identity. Language is our humanity. A multilingual planet full of diversity is the living richness of our world.

 

This year, UNESCO commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its bold statement that ‘no discrimination can be made on the basis of language’, and celebrates its translation into more than 500 languages.

 

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status..”

Article 2, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

 

UNESCO reiterates its commitment to linguistic diversity and invites  to celebrate the day in as many languages as possible as a reminder that linguistic diversity and multilingualism are essential for sustainable development.. and  with the aim of preserving linguistic diversity and promoting mother tongue-based multilingual education.

Linguistic diversity is increasingly threatened as more and more languages  disappear. One language disappears on average every two weeks, taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.

Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life.

 

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.

If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.

 

-Nelson Mandela

We are so proud to be a special part of this. Antura and the letters can help the 2 Millions Syrian refugee kids to learn how to read in Arabic, their Mother Language.

We are proud winners of the #EduApp4Syria contestBut we are even more proud of help people to discover their language through a videogame. A powerful tool with a huga potential thanks to the massive access to smartphones.

Now, we are searching new partners to develop other Languages to reach more children.  The new 2030 horizon about the educational and total literacy of the planet, its a dream we can achieve all together. It’s the SDG 4: Quality Education for all.

 

If we can dream it, we can make it happen! Wanna join us?

 

#WeBelieveInGames

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