“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”- Flora Lewis
The multilingual learners of KG l observed International Mother Language Day by embellishing themselves with colourful attires to represent different continents with their language and cultural diversity amongst their peers in a special assembly conducted by them on February 21, 2023.
The children explored new languages like Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, and Russian & shared interesting facts about the country as well. The tiny tots had fun greeting each other in a diverse set of languages, with laughter. This interactive activity fostered awareness of the linguistic and cultural diversity, acknowledging the invaluable contribution of languages to the development of individuals, societies, and cultures, whilst also enhancing the students’ linguistic, naturalistic, and cognitive skills.
International Mother Language Day recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on leaving no one behind. SAI International encourages and promotes multilingual education based on mother tongue or first language. It is a type of education that begins in the language that the learner masters most and then gradually introduces other languages. This approach enables learners whose mother tongue is different from the language of instruction to bridge the gap between home and school, to discover the school environment in a familiar language, and thus, learn better.
Multilingualism contributes to the development of inclusive societies that allow multiple cultures, worldviews and knowledge systems to coexist