International Mother Language Day

Year 12 students have been preparing for International Mother Language Day, which is celebrated on February 21. According to The United Nations: “International Mother Languages Day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.” Since language is a powerful means of learning about new cultures and developing attitudes of tolerance, we wanted to promote and celebrate the diversity among our learners in our school. Members of Year 12 have volunteered to make a statement in their mother tongue about what their mother tongue means to them!

We look forward to sharing this video with all in our community as a token of how we value and embrace diversity!

The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.

UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.

Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages, which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.

By bringing their speakers closer together, by allowing them to flourish in a shared context, mother tongues generate social inclusion, innovation and imagination. They also breathe life into cultural diversity and serve as instruments of peace.”

— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO