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International Mother Language Day 2014

Start Time: March 21, 2014 10:00 | End Time: March 21, 2014 15:00
Location: Mauritius Museums Council, La Chaussée, Port Louis

In 1999, UNESCO decreed 21 February as the International Mother Language Day (IMLD) with a view to promoting the preservation and protection of the mother tongue of each nation.  Language being the vehicle for the transmission of culture, this celebration is meant to uphold linguistic and cultural diversity, to bring greater awareness of the importance of languages in our daily life.

The day reminds us of the day in 1952, when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then East Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

To mark the International Mother Language Day, this Ministry hosted an Exhibition cum Sale of books and CDs in different languages with the participation of speaking unions and institutions operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture on Friday 21 February 2014 from 10 00 hrs to 15 00 hrs at the Mauritius Museums Council, La Chaussée, Port Louis.  The Mauritian Sign Language Committee under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions also participated in the event and presented the National Anthem in sign language.

In this context, a cultural programme comprising sketches, SLAMs and poetry recitals was held from 11 45hrs to 12 45 hrs.

The objective was to encourage intercultural dialogue and to enable the public to take stock of the numerous publications in different languages available in Mauritius.

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