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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MATERNAL LANGUAGE

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MATERNAL LANGUAGE

#LOCAL Aruba, congratulations on International Day of Maternal Language! Our native language, Papiamento, which is at the center of attention today, deserves our respect, appreciation, care and our help to survive in the efforts to maintain its existence. 

The language of papiamento has survived all colonial expectations. As a matter of fact, it is stronger than ever now despite some bumps and bruises. The exclusion of this language from our educational system and other local sectors has caused a disservice to the development of generations. Globally, the importance of a maternal language is recognized and enforced as a basis for a successful educational upbringing. This year UNESCO is proposing globally as a theme the International Day of Maternal Language.

“Multilingual Education- a necessity to transform education.”

Multilingual education based with a maternal language facilitates access and inclusion which will create a fundamental basis for students. 

This is definitely true of our local students. They deserve to be educated in a language that is familiar to them and taught to them since birth. 

Recently a student of the Princess Amalia elementary school stated that “Our locals are smart. If we are able to study educational materials in our maternal language we would be at a far greater advantage educationally”. Therefore to truly have an education that is both sustainable and qualified, it is important to have these in our maternal language, Papiamento. Our mother language is important to better know the world, more languages and ourselves in order to really develop as a people and as a country. 

To the people of Aruba, Happy International Day of Mother Languages!  It is our national duty to support and enforce the use of our mother language! 

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