Today Is International Mother Language Day


International Mother Language Day is set aside by the UNESCO in Nineteen Ninety Nine and was celebrated first on Twenty First February year Two Thousand to preserve and promote mother languages of different ethnic groups.

Amaka Chibuzor – Okoye takes a look on the importance of language and reports that the International Mother Language day was born out of recognition of Bengali students who died while demonstrating that Bangladeshi government then East Pakistan must recognize their mother tongue in 1971.

Speaking on the significant of the day, the founder of Otu Suwakwa Igbo, Professor Pita Ejiofor said that language defines a people and remains their major identity.

Professor Ejifor lamented that the efforts to preserve Igbo language has not yielded much impact as Ndi Igbo still speak English language in a gathering that suppose to run in Igbo language adding that other sister ethnic group cannot do such as they speak their mother tongue almost all the time.

He reminded the people that there is a law making it teaching of Igbo language composory in school and called for proactive measures to encourage children to appreciate and take pride in their mother tongue Igbo language pointing out that every schools should be required to employ Igbo language teachers just like the English teachers.

This year’s International Mother Language Day has its theme as "linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development."


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