Whether it’s someone not being able to pronounce your child’s name or even your own, we all know just how annoying it is when it is constantly being done.


However, according to campaigners, it is not just simply annoying it can actually hinder a child’s self-esteem.


According to an initiative in the US My Name, My Identity, teachers who are don’t pronounce their students’ names correctly can actually have a negative effect on them.


“Mispronouncing a student’s name negates the identity of the student, and this can lead to anxiety and resentment which, in turn, can hinder academic progress.”


Explaining how it comes down to “respect”, Dr. Yee Wan, director of Multilingual Education Services, told the Independent: “In the context of global education, we talk about how important it is for students to feel proud of who they are and to have the ability to connect with people from different languages and backgrounds locally, and also around the world.”


Talking about the campaign, Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) spokesman Ken Blackstone said: “Making the extra effort to use a person’s preferred name and pronounce it correctly is a small step that can create a big impact.”


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