Feb 21 2021

International Mother Language Day

Happy mother language day! Did you know that this important day has been celebrated since February 2000? In fact, International Mother Language Day was put in place to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. As you might know linguistic diversity is at an all times low. “At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain like free French classes, free English classes, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world” United Nations.  

Why celebrate this day? This initiative is very important as it spreads awareness of language issues, assembles partners and linguistics resources in order to support the policies in favour of language diversity in all parts of the world. Since celebrating this day there has been a shift in the growing awareness. Languages play an essential role in development, in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in strengthening co-operation and attaining quality education for all. 

More good news! Since 2000, progress has been made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling. There is commitment to develop multilingual amenities in public life. The moral of this blog article is let’s keep bringing people of all nations together to celebrate each and everyone’s mother language, culture and heritage!