Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Edge College observes International Mother Language Day

Edge College observes International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day 2018's theme is Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey M. Allama Siddiki said: "Language is a attractive creation of human genius".

Accordingly, the policy stipulates that every pupil must in the course of primary school education study two languages, namely, his/her mother tongue, if available for study, or any other indigenous language of wider communication in his/her area of domicile alongside English Language.

Today, the world celebrates Mother Language Day, a day set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to "promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism". UNESCO, which is celebrating International Mother Language Day for almost 20 years, aims at preserving it and promoting mother tongue-based multilingual education.

In Bangladesh, the International Mother Language Day is celebrated as Language Martyrs' Day or Martyrs' Day to honour the Bengali Language Movement of 1952 in which several students died for defending Bengali language for themselves and for the future generations.

Around 240 million people across the world speak Bengali as their mother language, marking it the 5th largest language in the world, according to Ethnologue, a reference publication on living language. "Our values, our beliefs and our identity are embedded within it", UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement to commence this year's International Mother Language Day. Protesting students were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, and sacrificed their lives for their desire for the recognition of their mother tongue language.

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