21/02: International Mother Language Day
February 21, 2018
February 21, 2018
On the Februrary 21st we celebrate the International Mother Language Day! 🤗
The idea behind it is to raise awareness about the cultural diversity, promote multilingualism and protect all the mother languages spoken around the globe. According to the UN it helps to “ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy”.
Check this YT video made by one of our Sweek Keepers to know more about the IMLD project on Sweek! For this occasion our team of Sweek Keepers published some stories to emphasise the importance of saving your mother language, tradition and cultural heritage in a globalised world.
📖 You can read all the stories for free on our platform! 📚
Recommendations from our Sweek Keeper, Chinthaka, who made this project happen.
A story about an Indian who after a long time returns from Paris to his motherland.
A Nigerian girl faces cruelty living on emigration but one day bumping into a stranger changes everything…
What is so important about your mother language? Ama, asked during a lecture, surprises everyone with her answer.
A touching story about a deaf girl whose reality changes dramatically when she discovers a power of speech.
A German-speaking author tells a story about her life experience and learning both American and British English.
A fictional story about a witness of the historical Language Movement events of 1952 and opening fire by Pakistani Authorities against the students of the University of Dhaka. R.A.Rooney dedicates it “to those who stood up and who will continue to stand up for the preservation of their mother language – disregarding the risks to their own lives”.
A story on the challenge of teaching your kids your native language while living abroad.
“This book is dedicated to those who stood up and who will continue to stand up for the preservation of their mother language – disregarding the risks to their own lives.”
“In An Unknown Land, Meeting My Own” tells a story about a girl traveling across Japan to fulfill her ambitions.
What is your mother tongue? Are you able to speak this language every day?