Mother Language Quiz
Due to globalisation, language diversity is increasingly under threat. When languages fade, cultural diversity also fades - which means a loss of culture, tradition, opportunities, ways of thinking and creativity - essential elements to a better future. 41% of languages are endangered, and at current rates, 90% of languages will be extinct within the next 100 years.
Including and celebrating diverse languages enriches the classroom environment, and is a way of fostering a children's rights approach in a learning environment. As kaiako, we are in a position of responsibility to support children in their right to preserve their mother tongue, model a culture of respect for the linguistic diversity of our students, and to encourage whanau to keep speaking their mother languages. This quiz, developed for International Mother Language Day, is a fun way to introduce children to the idea that their language is their right.