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Promoting the richness of a world with many languages

UNICEF South Africa/2017/de Grave
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/de Grave
UNICEF South Africa Communication Specialist Sudeshan Reddy in discussion with learners from American International School Pretoria Campus.

Pretoria, 3 March: The right of children everywhere to speak their native language and to receive an education that respects their values, is an underlying premise of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

For UNICEF, a language is not only a communication tool, it is also a way to understand and make sense of one’s reality, emotions and social relationships.

These sentiments were the focus of an address given by Communication Specialist Sudeshan Reddy at a commemorative event for International Mother Language Day hosted by the American International School in Pretoria.

Addressing the school assembly of 300 learners, the UNICEF speaker spoke of the need to embrace diversity and not be threatened by it and to learn other languages rather than try and assimilate them.

The school itself boasts nearly 30 different nationalities and languages and is an inspiring example of promoting diversity. The keynote address was well-received by the learners and this was followed by two interactive sessions with groups of learners that were facilitated by the UNICEF Communication Specialist who used these dialogues to highlight the CRC as well as challenges facing children both in South Africa and globally. 





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