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International Mother Language Day is observed every year on the 21st of February. UNESCO officially proclaimed the day in 1999 with the aim to promote “linguistic diversity and multilingual education” and to develop the “awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions all over the world” thereby inspiring “international solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue”. Language is so much more than just a means of communication. “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.”
We want to raise more awareness about the International Mother Language Day and see it celebrated all over the world, both in families, organizations and communities as well as on a national and global level, thereby promoting understanding, tolerance and dialogue. Something that we are in dire need of in today’s world. Check out these IMLD-related posts:
Rita Rosenback from Multilingual Parenting has a gorgeous post about this special holiday: International Mother Language Day 2015 – #IMLD
The wildly talented Daria from Making Multicultural Music has a wonderful post on how to Learn Some Basic Quechua Through Song For International Mother Language Day (IMLD)
A Child’s Life In The Andes from Teachers Pay Teachers
The Scrambled Nest asks the question: How are you helping your kids become global citizens?
Bilingual teens and young adults (#IMLD 2015) via @expatsincebirth
What is the value of a language? A new
#PBS doc Language Matters looks at what we lose when we lose a language.
Join the campaign by visiting and liking the International Mother Language Day Celebration Facebook page and by sharing the daily posts through social media in the run-up to the day. The Facebook page will be a treasure trove of quotes, pictures, links to posts, articles, and activities to do with mother tongue, language, multilingualism, education, multiculturalism and diversity. Use the #IMLD hashtag to find others’ messages on social media and share them.