Bangladesh mission observes International Mother Language Day in Tripura

24 February, 2018, 09:18 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • International Mother Language Day 2018: Did you know one language disappears every 2 weeks?

The Bengali Language Movement started in 1952 and after a long struggle the central government of the then Pakistan accepted Bengali as one of the state languages of the country in 1956. The year 2008 was also celebrated as the global year of languages.

THE Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam yesterday observed the Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day 2018 at its premises in Kampong Sungai Akar. This results in the loss of an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.

According to UNESCO, some 6,000 languages spoken in the world are endangered.

The objective of this day is to protect and sustain the native languages. Our values, our beliefs and our identity are embedded within it. "We must respect and love all languages", Banerjee said in a message.

ATKV Centurion chairperson Sakkie Kotze said that they always honoured Afrikaans top achievers, but extended their celebration this year to celebrate all 11 official languages since it was International Mother Language Day.

The UNESCO chief quoted Nelson Mandela as saying: "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head".

Punjab Adbi Board president Mushtaq Sufi said the Punjab government "is deliberately making the children of Punjab ignorant through banning the education 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.

"Everyone, regardless of their first language, should be able to access resources in cyberspace and build online communities of exchange and dialogue", said Azoulay.

On 16 May 2007, the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution, called upon state members to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by the world's population.

Tripura on Wednesday observed International Mother Language Day though unlike other years, the cultural troupe from Bangladesh could not participate in the events here because of post-poll security concerns.



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