International Mother Language Day

Blog published by One Stop Language Solutions, under Business Development, Education / Training, Marketing

๐ŸŒ Today marks International Mother Language Day, a significant occasion championed by UNESCO to celebrate linguistic diversity, cultural richness, and the promotion of multilingualism across the globe.

The date, 21 February, holds historical significance, commemorating the brave Bengali students who, in 1952, faced tragic consequences from Pakistan police while advocating for the recognition of Bengali as an official language. Their sacrifice underscores the profound importance of preserving and honouring one's linguistic heritage.

In my journey as an interpreter, I'm privileged to immerse myself in diverse languages and cultures daily. This exposure is not just a professional requirement; it's a constant source of personal growth and enrichment. It reinforces my belief in the power of linguistic diversity as a tool for fostering global understanding and cooperation.

This year, UNESCO has chosen the theme "Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning" for International Mother Language Day ๐ŸŒฑ. This theme resonates deeply, especially considering the stark reality that 250 million children and young people are currently out of school, and 763 million adults lack basic literacy skills. It's a stark reminder of the educational disparities that persist and the critical role that multilingual education plays in bridging these gaps.

๐ŸŒ In a world increasingly connected by digital means, maintaining one's linguistic and cultural identity becomes even more crucial. It's a way to celebrate our differences and enrich the global tapestry of cultures. Yet, with a language disappearing every two weeks and 43% of the estimated 6,000 spoken languages at risk of extinction, the urgency to preserve our linguistic heritage cannot be overstated.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ The ability to take pride in one's mother tongue, to learn and grow in it, is a fundamental right. It's essential for personal identity, cultural history, and educational equality.

As we reflect on today's theme, let's recommit to supporting multilingual education and ensuring that future generations can enjoy the richness of their linguistic heritage.

Do you share the same belief? Let's discuss and raise awareness ๐Ÿ™Œ

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