LANGUAGES MATTER! A UNESCO poster competition

Competition Details

Raise the world

by Elise Le Mer

With this poster proposal, I wanted to evoke the idea of protection.

People around the world must protect and defend their mother language as they must do for the Earth. Languages are eco-systems that globalization threatens and that we must protect.

They guarantee cultural diversity and access to an education that respects cultures and traditions. Recognizing the importance of that linguistic diversity and the attention it requires, I have not hesitated to use the metaphor of the pregnant mother of a world that she has yet to raise. Protection and education are inextricably linked in a maternal and loving gesture. To explain the impact of languages on local development, I picked several keywords in the message Koïchiro Matsuura delivered at the International Mother Language Day last year on the 21st of February.

The words tradition, identity, development, communication, integration, multilingualism, memory are therefore expressed in the following languages: German, English, French, Dutch, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Indonesian, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Italian, Czech, Russian , Croatian and Korean.