International Mother Language Day (IMLD) a day long international celebration held tomorrow, underlines the importance of preserving your cultural and linguistic wealth.
The theme for this year – The information and communication technologies for the safeguarding and promotion of languages and linguistic diversity – highlights the new technologies’ enormous potential for safeguarding, documenting and promoting the use of mother languages.
As UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova underlines in her message, each language “is a unique source of meaning for understanding, writing and expressing reality” and the international day is “a moment to recognize their importance and to mobilize for multilingualism and linguistic diversity.”
UNESCO promotes linguistic diversity through a wide range of projects around the world. In Chile, it has published educational materials in three indigenous languages, mapuche, aymara and rapa nui. In Brazil, endangered indigenous languages and cultures are being inventoried in an effort to preserve them.
International Mother Language Day, celebrated every year since 2000 on February, 21st aims to raise awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity and of multilingual education.