Today is world mother tongue day

By Drum Digital
21 February 2014

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Picture: André-Pierre du Plessis Picture: André-Pierre du Plessis

The day; 21 February represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrated 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.

All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

Today speak your mother tongue proudly and do something to promote it.

- Source: MadaTongueComedy.com

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