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International Mother Language Day

21 February 2011 by Sam

Did you know that today is International Mother Language Day? UNESCO set up the date to help safeguard and promote languages and linguistic diversity.

The date is significant as it is the anniversary of a student demonstration in 1952 for the recognition of their language Bangla as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan. Some of the students were shot and killed by police in the demonstration in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Find out more in a free talk ‘Why mother tongues matter’ at the International Slavery Museum at 2pm on Wednesday 23 February. Further details are on the International Slavery museum website.

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