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February 21 is International Mother Language Day

The International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 1999, has been observed yearly since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

It originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since 1952, when a number of Bangladeshi university students were tragically killed in Dhaka.

The tenth International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2009 also provides an opportunity to recall the objective of this celebration to Member States: the recognition of linguistic diversity and the importance of multilingual education.

The Program of the Day as well as a message from Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Mother Language Day are available on the UNESCO website.


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