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February 21 was established as International Mother Language Day by the UNESCO General Assembly on November 17, 1999 and has been repeated every year since February 2000. Once again, according to UNESCO, every two weeks a mother tongue disappears, taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage. At least 43% of the 6,000 languages that are estimated to be spoken in the world are in danger of extinction . And unfortunately, as the CONAIE representative said in his 2019 speech, “The disappearance of mother tongues would constitute a cultural tragedy” . And how can it not be after all! The mother tongue is the most essential element of cultural identity, the most visible element of a culture, since through it the collective knowledge, beliefs and worldview of each people or tribe, forged throughout the ages, are expressed. Among other things, these particular characteristics and ancestral traditions of each tribe…

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UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development: The position of the WFTU for the preservation and rescue of the mother tongues of the Peoples