When teachers do not pronounce their students' names correctly, it can hinder their chances in life, campaigners in the US claim.
Mispronunciations have a negative effect on children's learning, the team behind the nationwide 'My Name, My Identity' initiative said.
"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," they said.
"School is a community, which prepares students to succeed in the global world.
"To be an effective member of this global world, we can model respect for each other in the school community by learning about each other's stories, our unique names, and their proper pronunciations."
One part of the campaign involved school children making videos about what their names mean and how to pronounce them.
my teacher finally pronounced my name right and she's like "kiara right? it's only taken me a year to remember it."— kiara (@literallykiara_) May 18, 2016
Two students, Michelle-Thuy Ngoc Duong and Angel Gustavo Silva Moreno spoke out, saying teachers frequently "butcher" their names, according to NBC Bay Area.
This makes them feel "insecure," "disrespected," and even "inferior".
Lol at the fact my teacher pronounced my name wrong at graduation— Drew (@druwwquante) May 14, 2016
Dr Yee Wan, director of Multilingual Education Services at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, said: "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."
SCCOE spokesman Ken Blackstone told The Mercury News: "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."
The Telegraph, London