"Bolivia is at the forefront of the struggle for multilingualism and education in the mother tongue," the UNESCO Director General said.
Bolivia is at the forefront of multilingualism in the world, the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday marking the International Day for Mother Language.
UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay acknowledged Thursday Bolivia’s work in the defense and respect for the education of local Indigenous languages.
"With 37 languages recognized as official, Bolivia is at the forefront of the struggle for multilingualism and education in the mother tongue, which are also essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals," Azoulay said in a statement.
She also emphasized the "exemplary commitment (of the government), in full agreement with the work that has been developing for decades, in the protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples and cultural linguistic diversity throughout the world.”
Bolivian President Evo Morales thanked Azoulay for highlighting the South American country as a vanguard in promoting Indigenous languages.
Agradecemos a @AAzoulay, directora general de la @UNESCO_es, que destaca a nuestra querida #Bolivia ���� como país a la vanguardia en promoción de las lenguas indígenas. La cultura de paz, identidad, saberes y principios de los pueblos se preservan en sus lenguas originarias.— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) February 21, 2019