International Mother Language Day 21 February Theme :Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education 


To foster sustainable development learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and on other languages. It is through the mastery of the first languages or the mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures values,and traditional knowledge, this playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures 

International Mother  Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO )in November 1999(30c/62)

On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in it resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon member states “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world ” by same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote Unity in diversity and international understanding through multilingualism and multiculturalism 

International Mother 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 demostracting  for recognition of their  language. Bungla as one of the Pakistan were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is  now Bangladesh. 

Languages are 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 multilingualical education but also to develop further awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. 

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