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Multilingual education

According to UNESCO, the term refers to the use of at least three languages, for example, the mother tongue, a regional or national language and an international language in education. The 1999 Resolution of UNESCO’s General Conference supported the view that the requirements of global and national participation and the specific needs of culturally and linguistically distinct communities can only be addressed by multilingual education. UNESCO supports bilingual and/or multilingual education at all levels of education as a means of promoting both social and gender equality and as a key element of linguistically diverse societies. (Source: UNESCO 2003).

See also ‘Bilingual education’.

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