“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”
-- Nelson Mandela
I just want to show how you could join the 2012 International Mother Language Day by celebrations by contributing to a FOSS project with your friends and relatives.
In this century ICT plays manor role in various fields including education sector. There are many tools have been localized but most of them not let you in to the project to contribute as a localizer. So where you could contrinute to a softwrae on behalf of your own language or community?
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects let you to enable local language support on behalf of your community. More over FOSS is the best solution in terms of sustainability when we considering ICT literacy programs.
Worlds best Open Source web browser in the internet world. It also running on Windows, Linux or MAC and also the default browser of GNU/Linux systems.
Firefox comes with more than 70 language support which powered by hundreds of volunteers localizers around the world.
LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.
Gnome Desktop (www.gnome.org)
Gnome is one of the most popular Desktop among the GNU/Linux users, which use as the default desktop of Fedora, Debian, CentOS, RHEL, etc
Sugar Desktop (www.sugarlabs.org)
The award-winning Sugar Learning Platform promotes collaborative learning through Sugar Activities that encourage critical thinking, the heart of a quality education. Designed from the ground up especially for children, Sugar offers an alternative to traditional “office-desktop” software.
Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with equal opportunity for a quality education. Available in 25 languages, Sugar’s Activities are used every school day by almost two-million children in more than forty countries.
Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child XO-1 netbook, Sugar runs on most computers. Sugar is free/libre and open-source software.
KDE Desktop (www.kde.org)
The KDE Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon.
Fedora is a fast, stable, and powerful operating system for everyday use built by a worldwide community of friends. It's completely free to use, study, and share.
Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run.
Its your responsibility...
According to the UNESCO nearly half of the more than 6,000 languages spoken in the world could die out by the end of the century.
Just check out each project listed above and feel free to join us to bring your language to forward by enabling your local language support via a true community based project.
"The language of our thoughts and our emotions is our most valuable asset. Multilingualism is our ally in ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion and in combating discrimination. "
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
For the 13th time the UNESCO celebrate the 2012 International Mother Language Day 'Mother tongue instruction and inclusive education'.
The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.