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Preservation of the Mother Tongue

Preserving the Mother Tongue: The Precious Heritage of the Children of the Nation

15 Apr, 2024

Mother tongue is much more than a set of words and phrases; it is a part of our identity, a tie to our culture and roots. For expatriate children, learning and maintaining their mother tongue is a valuable opportunity and an important contribution to their development.

The mother tongue acts as a bridge that connects the child to their family, their traditional institutions and their culture. Through their mother tongue, children discover the world around them and express their feelings in a natural and comfortable way. In addition, learning the mother tongue helps to strengthen the child's self-esteem and personal identity, thereby enhancing their self-confidence and social integration.

Preserving the mother tongue is also important for the development of the child's language skills. During the first years of life, the child absorbs language structures and patterns at lightning speed, and the mother tongue plays a decisive role in this process. Thus, contact with the mother tongue from an early age strengthens the child's language abilities and facilitates the learning of other languages ​​in the future.

In addition, learning one's mother tongue maintains ties to the family's culture and heritage. Through language, children learn about the traditions, stories and values ​​that shape their identity. Familiarity with the mother tongue helps children develop respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures and traditions.

However, despite the importance of preserving the mother tongue, many expatriate communities face challenges in this area. Pressures to adapt to the state language remain, while a lack of resources for teaching the mother tongue can make its maintenance a challenge.

To address these challenges, it is important to emphasize the support of mother tongue teaching programs in expatriate communities. By investing in these programs and providing resources and support to parents and educators, we can ensure that expatriate children continue to develop and maintain their mother tongue, thereby strengthening community cohesion and well-being.

Learning the mother tongue is a valuable possibility that we must protect and promote for the children of the diaspora. With the right support and initiatives, we can ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop their language, cultural and identity skills, preparing them for a bright and multilingual future.

 

 

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