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UN Speaker for Minorities’ Affairs: Children must study in native language as long as possible

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UN Speaker for Minorities’ Affairs: Children must study in native language as long as possible


26.06.2018

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Numerous scientific researches conducted by UNESCO and by scientists in the field of pedagogics proved importance of education in the native language, according to Professor Fernand de Varennes, Latvian Russian Union party Facebook page informs. Professor talked to the Latvian Russian Union leader Tatiana Zhdanok at FUEN Congress, which took part in Leeuwarden.

“UNESCO researches and a range of other specialized researches of scientists in the field of pedagogics proved how important it is for children to get educated in their native language,” Professor said.

The scientist mentioned that children must learn in their native language as long as possible. He has emphasized that doing so, they get a firm base for studying other subjects including the foreign languages. Professor has pointed out that from the pedagogical point of view this is a compromise because several hours per week is enough in order to know the state language well, as the language skills excel provided there is favorable language environment, so people speak the state language perfectly well in time.  

In her turn, Tatiana Zhdanok has added that this is exactly the Russian-speaking community of Latvia is striving for.

The scientist who is holding an office of a special UN speaker for Minorities' Affairs has regretfully added that the government of this or that country does not take into consideration the UN point of view. Some governments prefer to disregard opinions, which go apart with their position. At the same time, he is sure that they should go ahead under these conditions.

“When we talk about rights of minorities, we mean human rights, which is important to comprehend,” professor believes.
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