Linguistic diversity is something to be celebrated. Yet for many migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking children, linguistic challenges are a formidable barrier to education. Indeed, 66% of refugees find themselves in new communities where the official languages are not spoken in their country of origin. Without the key of literacy, the doors to the future remain firmly closed for many children.
Today is international literacy day, a moment to reflect on the progress made in relation to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 and assess the challenges that still exist to ensuring all children, young people, and adults are able to read and write.
Specifically, it is a time to look at SDG 4.6, which set states the goal of ‘ensur[ing] that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy’ by 2030.
Refugee and migrant children face difficulties in the classrooms
This year’s theme celebrates literacy and multilingualism, encouraging ‘linguistic diversity in education’ and the role this can play in delivering the SDGs.