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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
(March 2018) SIL joined with communities worldwide to recognize and celebrate local languages as part of the annual observance of UNESCO-designated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on 21 February. This year commemorated the nineteenth International Mother Language Day. Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Audrey Azoulay, stated: "This is an opportunity to recall our Organization's commitment to defending and promoting languages."
SIL's Ethnologue: Languages of the World launched its 21st edition on IMLD as its contribution to the celebration of the world's 7,097 known living languages. Because knowledge about lesser-known languages has been a focus of the Ethnologue since its inception in 1951, SIL provides the most up-to-date information about the languages of the world each year on this day.
Each year SIL staff celebrate this annual focus on mother languages by participating in several IMLD-related events around the world.
SIL Mali exhibited materials in minority languages at the celebration.
At the end of the day, the teachers enjoyed eating ice cream in celebration of International Mother Language Day.
Students watch and wait their turn at a spelling contest in Buliisa District 5, Western Uganda.
Mr. Bilal Fouad Barakat, of the Global Education Monitoring Report, gave a presentation on language of instruction and literacy in multilingual contexts. "The regions of the world with the biggest literacy gaps are those with highest linguistic diversity."