ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 (APP):Nations across the world including Pakistan were celebrated the International Mother Language Day on Thursday with an aim to protect endangered languages.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.
Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress was being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life.
Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.
Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet.
Yet, due to globalization processes, they were increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity.
At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.