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February 21: International Mother Language Day. International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Celebrating International Mother Language Day!

Promoting linguistic and cultural diversity, UNESCO's International Mother Language Day is celebrating its 16th year this February 21! #language

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A Proportional Perspective of the World's Native Languages

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#IMLD campaign for the International Mother Language Day

Help us raise awareness for the International Mother Language Day through the #IMLD campaign and join in the celebrations on the 21st of February.

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Sunday is International Mother Language Day!Which is your mother tongue?Do you speak a language that is endangered?Have you been educated in your native language? Check out this interactive UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.

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Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna 2014 | Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura