2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages

We are thrilled to announce that 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages!

With over 370 million indigenous people in the world, over 5 thousand indigenous cultures, and a shocking number of 2680 languages endangered we need to be spreading awareness of these beautiful cultures and languages.

Take a moment to read our story, read our blog posts and about our courses. We encourage you to take one of our courses, like Ainu, Ladino, Yoruba or maybe Mongolian? By supporting our wonderful mission you will be supporting indigenous communities around the world. In return, you will get a unique system of knowledge, a different way to see and understand the world, a tight and welcoming inclusive community and you will be promoting diversity and heritage protection, and the protection of indigenous people and their rights.

What are you waiting for?

Indigenous peoples have always expressed their desire for education in their own languages, as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Since 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day will be indigenous languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation.
Indigenous peoples number some 370 million and their languages account for the majority of the approximately 7,000 living languages on Earth. Many indigenous peoples continue to suffer from marginalization, discrimination and extreme poverty, and are the victims of human-rights violations (…). On this International Mother Language Day, I thus invite all UNESCO Member States, our partners and education stakeholders to recognize and enforce the rights of indigenous peoples.” 

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day

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