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International Mother Language Day – 21 February

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Today, we celebrate International Mother Language Day. This day is also called International Mother Tongue Day.

What is your mother tongue? It is the first language that you learned to speak as a child.

We celebrate this day to promote awareness of the different languages and cultures around the world. The day also promotes multilingualism (ability to speak many languages).

Around 6000 languages are spoken around the world today. But, many of them are in danger of dying out. According to the United Nations, every two weeks, a language disappears.

International Mother Language Day

Most education systems place importance on only a few languages. However, the Indian government’s New Education Policy (NEP) is trying to change that.

The NEP says that students should be taught in their mother tongue/local language up to class 5. This step aims to increase the importance of local languages.

However, many, many different languages are used in India. So, experts are concerned as to how this change will affect children and their education.

Do you think it’s a good idea to study your mother language in school? Tell us about it.

International Mother Language Day

Here is a video with some fun facts about languages. Video credit: Education World/Youtube


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