• International Mother Language Day is being celebrated. The day is observed on the 21st of February every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. 

Theme for 2019:

  • Since 2019 is also the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the theme of this year’s Mother Language Day is Indigenous Languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation. 

Need to Safegaurd the languages:

  • At least 43 per cent of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain.
  • According to UN data, a language disappears every two weeks taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
  • UNESCO has been celebrating International Mother Language Day for nearly 20 years with the aim of preserving this linguistic diversity and promoting mother tongue-based multilingual education. Progress is being made in this direction with a growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling.
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