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Why Language Matters for the Millennium Development Goals

This 45 page booklet was written by Sandy Barron for the Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) based at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Bangkok. Members of the MLE Working Group include representatives from UNESCO Bangkok; the United Nations Children's Fund - East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (UNICEF-EAPRO); the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO); SIL International; Save the Children (SC); CARE International; the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA) at Mahidol University; the ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on Millennium Development Goals (ARCMDG) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT); the Royal Institute of Thailand; and the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE).

This publication draws and expands upon ideas and presentations from the “International Conference on Language, Education, and the Millennium Development Goals”. More than 400 delegates from some 30 countries attended the conference, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in November 2010.

 
Table of Contents
Eradicate Poverty and Hunger
Why language is important
Policy and practice
Language and development: Some tools and approaches
 
Achieve Universal Primary Education
Why language is important
Policy and practice
 
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
Why language is important
Policy and practice
 
Reduce Child Mortality and Improve Maternal Health
Why language is important
Policy and practice
 
Combat HIV and AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
Why language is important
Policy and practice
 
Ensure Sustainable Development
Why language is important
Policy and practice
 
Foster Global Partnerships for Development
Why language is important
Policy and Practice
 
 

Why Language Matters for the Millennium Development Goals - Brochure

UNESCO-Bangkok and LEAD Asia (SIL) produced an abbreviated version (6 pages) of the above. “It is increasingly being recognized that progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is not happening equitably. Many of the low-income communities in which more progress is needed live in complex language situations. Choosing the best language in which to engage with these marginalized communities is key to achieving the remaining MDGs."

Brochure, second URL.

 

Reference: 

UNESCO Bangkok. (2012). Why Language Matters for the Millennium Development Goals. Bangkok, Thailand: UNESCO



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