At KIS we believe that a solid foundation and continued development of the mother tongue language is essential in the development of all other languages and is crucial for maintaining identity, cultural understanding, and empathy. We are currently teaching 7 mother tongue languages in the secondary school, which are Spanish, German, Hebrew, Mandarin, Japanese, Thai and English.
On Tuesday students in the secondary school were invited to wear white t-shirts along with a flag from their home country. At the entrance, there was a welcome sign welcoming everyone in 50 languages. KIS currently has 47 nations represented at the school, so this was a nice visual representation about how welcoming our community is to different cultures.
Regarding International Mother Tongue Day, here is a brief message from the UN:
International Mother Language Day has been perceived every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
This special day serves not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire unity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
Accepting diversity is one thing, but celebrating diversity can bring many more benefits to a community. Every one of us is different in our own way, and that's what makes our community so special. Thank you to everyone for supporting your own mother tongue and your own unique cultures.