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Minority language speakers risk being left behind due to lack of multilingualism in COVID-19 education response

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© Mahidol PMT project - Thailand
17 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified the existing challenges in literacy and learning: Around 773 million young people and adults still lack basic literacy skills (UIS), and 40 % of the global population doesn’t have access to education in a language they speak or understand. 

On 21 February, the world will celebrate International Mother Language Day which will focus this year on “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society.” Ahead of the Day, we're discovering how UNESCO International Literacy Prizes winners are coping with and reflecting on their literacy programmes through mother language learning in the light of the pandemic, which has disrupted education around the world.

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