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Learn Some Basic Quechua Through Song For International Mother Language Day (IMLD)

Did you know that there is a special day earmarked for worldwide celebration and promotion of diverse languages and multiculturalism? International Mother Language Day was created by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and is held annually on February 21st. Made official in 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly, the chosen date […]


Tweet in Your Mother Language on February 21

Over the past couple of years, we have seen a boom in the number of communities around the world that blog, tweet, and share other social media messages in their own native languages. We have featured many of these initiatives on Rising Voices as a way to highlight the inspiring work of others using citizen […]


10 Most Widely Spoken Languages In The World

Bangalore: Every year 21st February is celebrated as International Mother Language Day with an aim to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Taking this opportunity, let us check out the 10 most widely spoken languages in the world, as compiled by Ethnologue Survey. 1. Mandarin: With over 1.2 billion speakers spread across the world, […]


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How Do You Say “Peace” In Your Mother Tongue?

International Mother Language Day, held every year by the United Nations on February 21, honors the memory of three students who were assassinated in 1999 while demonstrating in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the recognition of their native Bengali language. At First Peoples, we believe that language is an essential part of the soul of a culture, […]


International Mother Language Day on Twitter

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken in the world and approximately half of them are at least vulnerable of becoming critically endangered, if not extinct. The two foremost reasons why languages die are: People in small communities who choose to learn and speak a more widely-used language ultimately replace their native language. A language is […]


International Mother Language Day monument planned

Artists are answering the call to imagine an International Mother Language Day monument in Taylor Creek Park. Rizuan Raham, left, and Azim Dewan are the secretary and president of a recently formed non-profit that is planning to build an International Mother Language Day monument in Taylor Creek Park. Several artists submitted early concept ideas for […]


International Mother Language Day Unique Facebook Covers

    The mother language day of Bangladesh is 21 February. 1952 year is a most memorable year for all Bangladeshi people. Who are citizens of Bangladesh, 21 February means a lot for them. Not only Bangladesh every year over the world Bengali people observed International mother language Day of Bangladesh. Nation celebrates this day […]


UNESCO International Mother Language Day 21 February

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was established on 16 November 1945. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. Mother Languages for Global Citizenship: Spotlight on Science On 21 February […]


Recognizing International Mother Language Day

Today, Feb. 21, is International Mother Language Day, so we’re looking at some of Africa’s linguistic traditions. Did you know that a child you sponsor in Africa may speak as many as five languages? By Meg Carter, ChildFund Sponsorship Communication Specialist In July 1975, I began a training program for Peace Corps volunteers in Dakar, Senegal. […]


International Mother Language Day: Lessons for Iran

The international community today celebrates UNESCO International Mother Language Day. On this occasion UNESCO aims to raise awareness of the benefits of multilingual education, particularly in the early years of childhood development. Studies, research, and UNESCO reports demonstrate the importance of mother and local language instruction in building strong foundations for reading comprehension in national […]