Happy International Mother Language Day!

Today is a day for promotion of multilingualism, cultural and linguistic diversity, and protection of all languages. International Mother Language Day began on February 21, 1999, and commemorates the day in 1952 when students in Dhaka, Pakistan (now the capital of Bangladesh) were shot and killed by police while demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bengali, as one of the national languages.

UNESCO’s theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day is “mother tongue instruction and inclusive education”, with a focus on books for mother tongue education. Celebrate the day by thanking language teachers and instructors, advocates for endangered languages, as well as elders and fluent speakers who are essential to helping spread and keep their language alive.

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