Why should we protect and encourage linguistic diversity?
Languages can be unique links to the identity of individuals and communities. Defending multilingualism helps preserve the different realities, knowledges and visions of the world and life.
- There are 2500 endangered languages, out of the more than 7000 existing languages in the world. 576 languages are on the brink of extinction according to UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger
All languages are an intangible heritage of humanity and have the same cultural value.
- Although 96% of the world’s population speak less than 4% of languages, all languages have the same cultural value
In environments where linguistic diversity is greater there is more tolerance and respect for difference. Cultural plurality is a driving force for dialogue and peace.
- Most countries in the world are multilingual
Native language education is a success factor because it gives value to everyone’s own reality and builds self-esteem. Language learning is not exclusive, no language is contrary or incompatible with others.