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Foyer Celebrates the International Mother Language Day

2018.03.05

On 21st of February 2018 Foyer celebrated the International Day of the Mother languages and this with a group of 50 students of the St.Jozef school, a special needs school. Foyer organized workshops in different languages and the children learned a song in Swahili, how to write the Japanese alphabet and to cook in Arabic. It was a pleasure to see how open these children are to new languages and also to their mother language.

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999. This 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.