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"Just published: Why Languages Matter"

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  • Donald Z. Osborn
    FYI, from the UNESCO site at http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=57672&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html ... Just published: Why Languages
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      FYI, from the UNESCO site at
      http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=57672&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
      ...


      Just published: Why Languages Matter

      29-08-2008 - Published in this 2008 International Year of Languages,
      ?Why Languages Matter? provides readers with real life stories about
      how literacy programs in local languages are helping to achieve the
      Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

      In Indonesia for example, a program in mother-tongue prompted
      villagers to replant mangroves to stem the destruction of coastal
      areas. In Togo, a farmer began a chicken breeding business after
      learning about how to manage finances and resources in an Ifè adult
      literacy class. In indigenous communities of Mexico, bilingual
      teachers are noting that students who begin primary school in their
      mother tongue acquire literacy skills more quickly. In Benin?s Waama
      community, literacy classes in mother tongue are giving people access
      to basic health information and leading to improved overall health.

      The brochure also highlights how partnerships can revitalize local
      languages. In Viet Nam for example, speakers of several
      closely-related languages now have a font that is usable on computers
      and the Internet, an initiative supported by UNESCO.

      The MDGs were officially adopted by 189 United Nations member states
      in 2000. These goals seek to eradicate extreme poverty, universalize
      primary education, promote gender equality, improve health and ensure
      environmental sustainability by 2015.
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