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Language


HOW WOULD YOU SEE YOURSELF IF YOU SPOKE MY LANGUAGE?

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Language


HOW WOULD YOU SEE YOURSELF IF YOU SPOKE MY LANGUAGE?

LANGUAGE

YOU ARE WHAT YOU SPEAK.

Language is often overlooked in poverty initiatives, but it’s significant for most of the world’s poor because their communities speak a lesser-known, minority language.

We use language to make sense of the world and to communicate that perspective with others.  It’s the social glue that holds societies together. But what if that glue comes unstuck?

What if your community suddenly faced changes and challenges that they hadn’t come across before?

If your community is marginalised, this affects the opportunities that you have and the value that people see in you. Ultimately, it affects the value that you see in yourself.

An integrated Language, Education and Development approach helps communities develop tools to make their language more useful in the modern world. A community’s language is part of the social and cultural fabric that influences the way they see the world. Valuing it enables the community to navigate change effectively, with their dignity intact.

 

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Education


WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS COULD STAY IN SCHOOL?

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Education


WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS COULD STAY IN SCHOOL?

EDUCATION

OF THE WORLD’S 60 MILLION OUT-OF-SCHOOL GIRLS, 70% ARE FROM ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS OR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES.

Parents everywhere want a better future for their children. Many minority language communities don’t have that hope. Children struggle considerably in school if they don’t understand the language being used. And when they aren’t learning, what is the motivation to stay in school?

Over 2300 languages are spoken in Asia, but less than 100 are taught in education systems. This fact alone renders rendering minority children, especially girls, at an extreme disadvantage. Of the world’s 60 million out-of-school girls, 70% are from ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities.

An integrated Language, Education and Development approach facilitates effective learning. Multilingual education creates space for dialogue across cultures, encourages creativity in the classroom and improves cognitive performance in all domains. Children learn better. Parents are more involved. And communities grow stronger as their culture and values are passed on across generations.

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Development


HOW WOULD YOU VOICE YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU SPOKE MY LANGUAGE?

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Development


HOW WOULD YOU VOICE YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU SPOKE MY LANGUAGE?

DEVELOPMENT

HOW DO YOU EMBRACE THE FUTURE WITHOUT REJECTING THE PAST?

In today’s increasingly globalized world, change is inevitable. The poor and vulnerable are often those being most negatively affected.

How would you feel if all decisions about your community had to be made in another language and culture?
What would you do if you suddenly and unjustly lost your land and livelihood due to economic land concessions or environmental degradation?

An integrated Language, Education and Development approach supports the participation of communities through their own language, culture and worldview. This strengthens the voice of communities, helping them to adapt to a globalizing world while still maintaining their unique knowledge, sense of belonging and identity.

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