02-26-2015, 06:31 PM
Mother Language Day is an initiative of UNESCO and UN agencies, where they participate in events that promote linguistic and cultural diversity. Also, they encourage people to defend native language while learning and using more than one language. Governments and NGOs can use the day to declare policies to encourage language learning and support.
In the partition of India in 1947, the province of Bengal was divided according to the predominant religions of the inhabitants. The western part became part of India and the eastern part became a province of Pakistan, known as East Bengal and East Pakistan later. However, there was friction economic, cultural and lingual between East and West Pakistan. On 17 November 1999, UNESCO declared February 21 as the day of the mother tongue and was first observed on 21 February 2000. Each year celebrations around the day of the mother tongue are concentrated in a particular theme.
In the afternoon, the day of international mother language was proposed to be held in CBSE affiliated schools. The reason behind this people stressed the need for awareness of mother tongue for the cultural development of the nation and taught in the mother tongue competition. Celebrating a Day of the mother tongue in school is said to help children grow up with the values of their nation and understand the essence of their culture. Citing a report presented to Parliament by the Commissioner linguistics, joint secretary SP Rana has directed all schools affiliated to CBSE mandatorily include a column in its admission that includes the mention of the mother tongue. Second language, also the optional language is designed to help students stay in touch with their linguistic roots.