International Mother Language Day In the history of our country, people of the country have many days to remember. 21st February is mentionable one. The day is observed as the International Mother Language Day. It is a red letter day in our life. It …
Do you know about the History of International Mother Language Day? Why February 21 was chosen? International Mother Language Day originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since 1952, when a number of Dhaka university students were killed by the Pakistani police and army in Dhaka during the Bengali Language Movement. This is the only event where people give their lives to keep the independence of using their mother language. To remember them there is a monument named Language Martyr’s Monument (Shahid Minar) in Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Every year more than a million people give flowers there. This is a big event in Bangladesh. Many foreigners visit Bangladesh just to experience the way of Bangladeshi people give respect to those brave hearts. In every district of Bangladesh has a Language Martyr’s Monument, where local people give flower to remember those brave hearts. Language Martyr’s Monument is also built in Ikebukoro park of Tokyo- Japan, USA, UK, Italy and many other countries. Visit us at . Please think about your Mother Language not only in February 21 but also in other days. If you did not hear about Bengali or bangla before then for your information: With nearly 230 million total speakers, Bengali is the 6th most spoken language in the world. Regulated by Bangla Academy, Bangladesh.
We, people of Bangladesh, should now do all that we can to further develop our mother language Bangla in all branches of knowledge so that it can play a worthy role in the community of world languages.
In its resolution the UNESCO said-' 21st February be proclaimed International Mother Language Day throughout the world to commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this very day in 1952’.
They will naturally celebrate their own mother languages, but while doing so, it is more than likely that they will refer to Bangladesh and the Language Movement launched by her people that reached a climactic point on 21st February 1952.
From now on, 21st February — so long observed in Bangladesh as the Bangla Language Martyrs' Day — will be observed here simultaneously as the Bangla Language Martyrs' Day and the International Mother Language Day.
But with the declaration of 21st February as the International Mother Language Day, it has transcended the national borders of Bangladesh and acquired an international significance and a global dimension.
international children's day, the international day for eradication of racial discrimination, international day for ensuring pure drinking water, international habitat day, international day for preservation of environment and many others.
The subsequent democratic mass movements of the late fifties, throughout the sixties and the seventies, and finally the struggle for independence and the war of liberation owed a great deal to 21st February.
The police opened fire on 21st February 1952 on unarmed peaceful protesters, most of whom were students, resulting in the death, among others, of Rafiq, Barkat, Jabbar and Salam.
The learners wrote and delivered speeches to their fellow learners in some of the local Namibian languages as well as Spanish. The learners were excited to highlight the diversity of languages available at their own school campus. As part of their Model United Nations activities with the United Information Centre, the WHS MUNNAM Society actively engages organises and celebrates international commemorative days as a tool to heighten the awareness of the work of the United Nations at their school. UNIC Windhoek is proud to support and nurture this club to become active ambassadors.
And in nearly 200 countries of the world, various peoples speaking various languages and belonging to various national cultures will observe 21st February as the International Mother Language Day.
In commemoration of International Mother Tongue Day, Windhoek High School (Model United Nations Namibia) MUNNAM Society members demonstrated the importance of the day by presenting a short programme to the entire school. “Recognising local languages enables more people to make their voices heard and take an active part in their collective fate,” the chairman of the society, read excerpts from the Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.
This is a day to mark the importance of mother tongue in all educational efforts, in enhancing the quality of learning and in including people who are not otherwise reached by educational efforts.
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) and it has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
II am also forwarding information from the Polish Embassy on the importance of helping children to improve their mastery of their mother language and the benefits it brings to their wider education.