International Mother Language Day
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International Mother Language Day is celebrated on 21 February to spread awareness of linguistic, and cultural diversity, and to promote multilingualism.
An overview of the news
India is home to hundreds of languages and thousands of dialects, making its linguistic and cultural diversity one of the most unique in the world.
Language is not only a means of communication but it also represents a diverse cultural and intellectual heritage.
The theme for 2023 International Mother Language Day is “Multilingual Education – a necessity to transform education”.
This theme is in line with recommendations made during the Transforming Education Summit, where emphasis was also placed on the education and languages of indigenous peoples.
Background of the day
UNESCO announced this day on November17, 1999, and since 2000, this day has been celebrated all over the world.
The day also marks the long struggle put up by Bangladesh to protect its mother tongue, Bangla.
The suggestion to celebrate 21 February as International Mother Language Day was made by Rafiqul Islam, a Bangladeshi living in Canada.
He proposed this date to remember the 1952 killings in Dhaka during the Bangla language movement.
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