Celebrating Mother Languages

Mar 2nd, 2018

On February 21st, Annunciation  recognized International Mother Tongue/Home Language Day by honoring the home languages of our students.

Definition of mother tongue. 1 : one's native language. 2 :the language that a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.  

At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. When we learn about other languages, we broaden our awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world."

"Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education, and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet." -  United Nations

Did you know that within our Annunciation school community, these 9 different languages are spoken regularly in the homes of 17 of our students?

Latvian - Russian - French - Swahili - Kikuyu - Somali - Amharic - Spanish - Cambodian

If you would like your child to learn a second language, choose Annunciation where Spanish is included in the curriculum. Enroll now.