January 1, 2017 – 2016 Theme: Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes. In line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education of the 2030 Agenda, this year's theme emphasizes the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in the early years of schooling. It facilitates access to education – while promoting fairness – for population groups that speak minority and indigenous languages, in particular girls and women; it raises the quality of education and learning achievement by laying emphasis on understanding and creativity, rather than on rote and memorization.
Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies. -Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”. By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.
READ MORE: “International Mother Language Day“. Un.org. N. p., 2017. Web. 1 Jan. 2017.