Bangladeshi community marks International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day 2018: Did you know one language disappears every 2 weeks?

The danger of 'phonocide'

Nationalist political parties and literary organizations held meetings and protest demonstrations separately on International Mother Language Day in support of their demands that the government declare all major languages of the country "national languages". Language is fundamental to communication of all kinds, and it is communication that makes change and development possible in human society.

"About 7,000 languages are spoken by people across the world today, but more than half of them are threatened, or on the cusp of extinction, said Prof".

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Incidentally, long before the intervention by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on the promotion of indigenous languages, the federal government had shown concerns for the plight of Nigerian languages when it sought to encourage their teaching and learning in our schools under the national policy on education. "We all feel proud of our mother languages".

In 1999, UNESCO recognized February 21 as International Mother Language Day to honor the Bengali demonstrations in the then East Pakistan [current Bangladesh] against the use of Urdu as the sole national language in 1952. By the same resolution, the general assembly proclaimed 2008 as "International Year of Languages", to promote unity in diversity and worldwide understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.

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Mother Language Day was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999, and is an annual event since then. We all love our mother languages.

He advised people not to feel belittled when addressing others in their mother language. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life. In Bangladesh the 21 February is the anniversary of the day when Bangladeshis fought for recognition for the Bangla language.

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Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said on the occasion of the 2018 International Mother Language Day that "our values, beliefs and identity" are embedded within language.

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