Sustainable Development through Mother Tongue and Multilingualism

By Yossef Ben-Meir and Ellen Hernandez When community meetings are held to determine priority development projects in villages, in neighborhoods, in schools, in agricultural fields—wherever they may take place—we want to speak the language that is spoken there, spoken every day. The idea of a person or a community of people exploring what they most want in their lives should be as real and as connected to their notion of “self” as possible. One’s mother language is a language of the heart, and we can express ourselves in that language…

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