21 February is International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by UNCESCO to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Nelson Mandela once said that “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”. The story of today’s edition highlights the important role that online volunteers play in making information accessible in local languages. Online volunteers translated a series of texts that promote human rights and democracy into their mother language, helping the Benin-based NGO Fondation Joseph the Worker to make these texts available in the most widely spoken languages of West Africa.
If you are new to the service and would like to engage in online volunteering but are not sure how to go about it, this month’s newsletter will help you get started. We explain what you need to do to become an online volunteer, as well as the steps involved to receive the support of online volunteers.
Best wishes, The Online Volunteering service team