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UNESCO-ASP Assembly

 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION WITH UNIVERSAL SIGNS

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The UNESCO Associated Schools of the Spanish State, in the General Assembly celebrated in “El Ejido”, Almeria, the 8 of July 2004,

 

Taking into account

 

- The Declaration and Integrated Frame of Action for Peace, Human rights and Democracy (UNESCO, 1995), in its article 29: “To respect the educative rights of the people pertaining to minorities or indigenous groups, to promote the understanding between communities and nations”.

- The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (UNESCO, 2001), article 6 of the Plan of Action: “The role of languages in the educative field includes the respect by the maternal language and the linguistic diversity in all the levels of education and the promotion of multilingualism from an early age”.

- The Document for the Taking of Position “Education in a Multilingual World” (UNESCO, 2003), that proposes three Guiding Principles for languages and education in the 21st century:

 

1-Instruction in the mother tongue (even in groups with several mother tongues, to which should be equipped with special aid).

2- Multilingual education in all the educative levels (facilitating the access of the developing countries to gratuitous electronic equipments and the reinforcement of capital human abilities in this area)

3-The languages as an essential component of the intercultural education (to assure a better understanding of other cultures),

 

Considering

- That there exist in the world more than 6,000 different languages, half of which they are in serious danger of disappearance.

- That an increasing necessity exists to find answers to the problem of the international communication in a more and more interrelated world, with increasing migratory flows of people who do not know the languages that are spoken in the destiny countries.

 - That the World-wide Federation of Deaf people published in the year 1975 and under auspice of UNESCO a collection of 1500 universal gestures with the name of GESTUNO.

- That the use of these universal gestures simultaneously with the oral language provides people from countries different with an additional level of elementary communication.

- That this technique of simultaneous communication with universal gestures allows to maintain the presence of the minority and/or maternal languages in international meetings..

- That the generalized use of the universal gestures would serve to improve the social integration of the immigrants and the deaf people.

- That the use of universal gestures in the school activities adds a component of plastic expression to them, and at the same time it facilitates the integration of the deaf and immigrant pupils.

 - That there are methods for the learning of foreign languages that use gestures like didactic resource for elementary levels.

- That the use of the universal gestures as a didactic tool for the learning of languages allows to find a common methodology for the initiation to any foreign language at an elementary level.

 - That the necessary information to know and to use the universal gestures is available freely in Internet (www.yogote.net)

 

From the above, the Assembly Decides

- To recommend to the Associate Schools the introduction of universal gestures in their school activities.

- To propose to the Associate Schools the use of universal gestures like a tool of additional communication in the interchanges with schools of foreign countries, previous information to them.

- To support the accomplishment, between Schools of all the countries, of a World-wide Poetic Anthology for the Education in Values, in the original languages and with universal gestures.

- To urge the International Coordination of the ASP-UNESCO Network to present these proposals to all the schools of the Network.

 - To ask for the support of local, national and international educative authorities (European Parliament, Commission) for activities of formation of the teaching staff that contemplate the application of the universal gestures in the different levels and educative disciplines.