TOMMORROW (21 FEBRUARY) WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY
Announced by UNESCO in 1999, International Mother Language Day celebrates cultural diversity and commemorates the “language martyr” students of 1952 Bangladesh. These students are honoured for their encouragement of multiculturalism and the promotion of protective measures for endangered languages. It’s hard to imagine the challenges faced by students who have been ordered to learn in a foreign language because without linguistic inclusion, there is no equal access to education. Current International Mother Language Day events include multicultural festivals where many languages and voices are heard. Aiming at social cohesion, cultural awareness, and tolerance, communication which connects individuals to culture and personal identity are valued and encouraged.