D.E.A.R. Promotes Linguistic Diversity at ICS

ICS Primary and Secondary students and staff "Drop Everything and Read" (D.E.A.R.) in their mother language!

D.E.A.R. Promotes Linguistic Diversity at ICS

On Wednesday 21 February, designated as International Mother Language Day, "Drop Everything and Read" (D.E.A.R.) was once again celebrated at ICS. Our Primary and Secondary students and staff joined this annual worldwide tribute to linguistic diversity and multilingualism which was originally proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference in November 1999.

Awareness is growing that languages play a vital role in sustainable development, in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in strengthening co-operation and attaining quality education for students everywhere. International Mother Language Day has been observed around the world since February 2000.

Our Secondary students reserved time on February 21 from 08:35 to 08:50 for their mother language reading. Primary students read on their own or had a story read to them during their regular reading times.

At ICS we are committed to encouraging and expanding students' language skills and awareness; we believe that in a changing world being multi-lingual is a necessity. We encourage students to maintain and develop their mother language, as this is important for their cultural identity and cognitive development, and we also recognise that having mother tongue skills helps students in learning additional languages.

Commemorating International Mother Language Day gave students and staff throughout our school the opportunity to take advantage of D.E.A.R, allowing us to read together within our own diverse ICS community, which includes speakers of an amazing 56 different languages!

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