LANGUAGES MATTER! A UNESCO poster competition

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by Runa Kamijo
Co-authors: Raymond Chang

The 6,912 coloured mosaic pieces represent the number of languages in the world as recently recognised in "Day for Cultural Dialogue and Development" published by UNESCO [May 2008].

Once the piece of mosaic is fallen and completely lost, we will never be able to fill the gap, and when the gap becomes too large, we will lose our colourful cultural diversity forever. But there are some cases of endangered languages successfully surviving and revitalised by communities who are determined to save their languages, such as the Maori in New Zealand and the Welsh in Wales.

The International Mother Language Day celebrates and raises an awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, literacy and mother-tongue-based education that matters to each of us.