ISLAMABAD: International Mother Language Day would be marked across the globe including Pakistan on February 21 with a pledge to promote the dissemination of mother tongues, encouraging linguistic diversity and multilingual education.
Private and Public organizations would mark the day through organizing different seminars, conferences, discussion programmes and other events to highlight the importance of this day.
The day would be celebrated under the theme “Inclusion in and through education: Language counts”.
According to the experts, the mother tongue is part of a child’s personal,social and cultural identity.
The mother tongue is an indispensable instrument for the development of intellectual, physical and moral aspects of education.
Habits, conducts, values, virtues, customs and beliefs are all shaped through the mother tongue. While weakness in the mother tongue means a paralysis of all thoughts and power of expression.
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.
Promotion of mother tongues would help develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 (30C/62).
On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”.
By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.