The International Mother Language Day on 21 February has been observed since 2000. It was proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on November 1999 (30C/62).
The aim of International Mother Language Day is to promote and protect linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It also aims to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
Theme of International Mother Language Day 2012
The theme for 2012 is “Mother tongue instruction and inclusive education”, which highlights the importance of mother tongue as part of the right to education and encourages member states to promote education in the mother languages.
Using mother tongue at school: a powerful remedy against illiteracy
The UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova underlines, in her dedicated message, the importance of protecting linguistic diversity and the fact that "linguistic diversity accelerates the achievement of ...