The International Mother Language Day 2021 was last Sunday: Feb 21st. Together we proudly stand with communities worldwide and applaud their resilience and creativity in confronting the challenges of current world events. We celebrate the languages that most deeply express their unique identities, relate their distinct worldviews and help expand their opportunities for a better life.
Not only because of the International Mother Language day, but also because of the new emphasis on the use of the mother tongue in the New Education Policy, there was quite some press coverage this year. A few examples:
Naidu bats for use of mother tongue as medium of instruction at primary level - Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called for making mother tongue the primary medium of instruction, at least until class 5.
New education policy reflects Modi govt’s commitment towards empowerment of Indian languages: Amit Shah - “Our new education policy reflects the commitment of the Modi government towards the preservation, development and empowerment of all Indian languages,”
Mother tongue is critically important for cognitive, psychological and personality development, education and learning - “‘Fostering Multilingualism For Inclusion in Education and Society’ is the theme for this year’s ‘International Mother Languages Day’ tomorrow. Let’s do our bit for it.”
I would like to encourage you to click on the link to the video as it nicely shows the richness of language across the globe!
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