The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has hailed Zimbabwe’s new education curriculum for promoting multilingual education system as well as inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

UNESCO education programmes specialist Dr Abdoul Wahab Coulibaly said the adoption of 16 languages by the country’s constitution as official languages and their subsequent inclusion in the new education curriculum improves the country’s capacity to attain sustainable development goal number four that focuses on education and will see the country’s literacy levels further improving.

Director –arts, culture and heritage in the Ministry of Rural Development Promotion, Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Dr Biggie Samwanda said there is need to recognise and promote all languages to ensure that minority cultures will not die.

This year the United Nations is celebrating the International Mother Language Day under the theme, ‘Towards Sustainable Futures Through Multilingual Education’.