The theme this year for United Nations International Mother Language day is “Mother tongue instruction and inclusive education”. It highlights the importance of mother tongue as part of the right to education and encourages its member states to promote instruction and education in the mother tongue.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. International Mother Language Day’s objective is to promote linguistic diversity and multilingual education, and to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
The observance was decided at the 30th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in 1999.
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