International Mother Language Day 2018
Languages are the most powerful way to preserve and develop culture and to promote it all across the world. Language, much like society, evolves with time. But sadly, many languages disappear with time. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) says that one language disappears on average every two weeks. There are more than 7,000 languages in the world with India alone having about 22 recognised officially languages, 1635 rationalised languages, 234 identifiable languages, according to the latest data available from Census 2001.
UNESCO reiterates its commitment to linguistic diversity by celebrating every year on 21 February as International Mother Language Day, as a reminder that linguistic diversity and multilingualism are essential for sustainable development. International Mother Language Day was introduced in 1999 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.
The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It is a day to celebrate multilinguism, but most importantly it is a reminder to teach Tamil to our children. Lets encourage our children to use Tamil to introduce themselves, talk about our culture, and also encourage our children to read, tell a story or sing in Tamil.
Convention on the Rights of the Child states in Article 29(c) that governments should ensure "The development of respect for the child's parents, his or her own cultural identity, language and values, for the national values of the country in which the child is living, the country from which he or she may originate, and for civilizations different from his or her own;".
Mother Tongue is a Child's Right, Tamil is our Children's Right, so lets give them the knowledge of our Semmozhi 'Tamil'.