International Mother Language Day History
International Mother Language Day seeks to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The day also seeks to support quality education, unity, diversity and international understanding. Language is the most effective way humans have of communicating with one another and acts as a powerful instrument in the preservation and development of cultures and ethnicities. According to UNESCO, as of 2018, about 2,500 languages, and thus their cultures, are currently at risk of extinction within a few generations.
International Mother Language day was proclaimed by UNESCO in November of 1999 and was first observed on February 21, 2000. The chosen date commemorates the date on which a group of university students were killed by the Pakistani Police in Dhaka (now Bangladesh) for using their mother language.
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