Mathribhasha Diwas (Mother Language Day) Celebrations on February 21 & List of Activities

Mathribhasha Diwas (Mother Tongue Day) to be celebrated on February 21. So, February 21st is to be Celebrated as Matribhasha Divas in all Schools. Activities, Events and Exhibitions would be conducted on behalf of International Mother Language Day Celebrations.

UNESCO has declared 21st February every year as International Mother Language Day to promote the dissemination of mother tongues and a fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

School Education Department Telangana gave instructions on Celebration of Matribhasa Diwas (Mother Tongue Day). Govt. has informed that UNESCO has declared 21st February every year as International Mother Language Day to promote the dissemination of mother tongues. It is decided to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas on February 21st to promote the use of the mother language.

Observe “Mathru Bhasha Dinotsavam (మాతృభాష దినోత్సవం)“, Organize Activities and Celebrations during Mother Tongue Day on 20.02.2020 in schools – DEO MHBD

Mathribhasha Diwas (Mother Language Day) Celebrations
Mathribhasha Diwas (Mother Language Day) Celebrations

Instructions to Headmasters:

  • Mother Language Day celebrations are to be held on February 20 in all schools.
  • According to UNESCO guidelines, the International Mother Tongue Day is to be held at the school on February 21, but due to Shivratri holiday on 21-02-2020, the concerned school headmasters must plan and organize the events on February 20.
  • Teachers and Language Pandits must jointly organize programs.
  • In addition to Essay writing, lecture, painting and quiz competitions along with Cultural activities should be conducted at the school level with the necessity of mother language.
  • Exhibit the books in the School library and Parents and public representatives should be invited to the program
  •  Photographs of the work must be sent to the Department of Education.

“Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.” International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February.

Today 21 February, celebrating International Mother Language Day (अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय मातृभाषा दिवस) to promote awareness of linguistic, cultural diversity and multilingualism. to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.

On International Matribhasha Diwas, UNESCO’s theme for this year’s International Mother Language Day is ‘Language without Borders.” Let us all come together in celebration of this day and promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity in India. We are stronger together!

Let’s celebrate the power of mother languages to build peace and preserve heritage! 21 February is International Mother LanguageDay. – UNESCO

DSE Telangana gave instructions to all the DEO & Ex Officio DPOs, SSA, in the State issue necessary instructions to all the educational institutions of State/UT to organize activities to achieve the above-mentioned objectives. During the day, the following indicative activities could be taken up by educational institutions, preferably in at least two languages, possibly

Activities

  • Elocution,
  • Debating,
  • Singing,
  • Essay writing competitions,
  • Painting competitions,
  • Music and dramatic performances,
  • Exhibitions,
  • Online resources and
  • Activities as well as events exploring the cognitive, economic, social and cultural activities of the multilingual society,
  • Exhibitions depicting the linguistic and diverse wealth of India.

Suggestive Activities:

  • Constitution’s Preamble reading in Matribhasha
  • Reading of the “Preamble” in Matribhasha
  • Group/Folk Songs
  • Essay Competition
  • Debate
  • Exhibition on Indian languages through display posters etc.
  • GK competition on Indian language Heritage
  • Any other activities.

In view of the above, all the DEO & Ex-Officio DPOs in the State shall take the necessary action as per above Govt. Orders and report compliance.

Government of India, MHRD, DSEL would like to inform you that UNESCO has declared 21st February every year as International Mother Language Day to promote the dissemination of mother tongues and a fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding. tolerance and dialogue. It has been decided to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas on February 21 to promote the use of the mother tongue. The tenor would he celebratory and it would be observed in the educational institutions across the country with the following objectives:

Objectives:

  1. Highlight the linguistic diversity of our country.
  2. Encourage usage. not only of the respective mother tongue. but other Indian languages as well.
  3. To understand and draw attention to the diversity of cultures. in India and the consequent forums of literature, craft, performing arts. scripts and other forms of creative expression.
  4. To encourage the learning of languages, other than one’s own mother tongue.

Accordingly. it is requested that you may issue necessary instructions to all the educational institutions of your STATE/UT to organize activities to achieve the above-mentioned objectives. During the day, the following indicative activities could be taken up by educational institutions. preferably in at least two languages, possibly more:-

It is requested to provide a report regarding the activities undertaken to this Minister. on the e-mail id : dalbir.singh@gmail,com

Celebrate Matribhasha Diwas: UNESCO has been observing February 21st every year as International Mother Language Day to promote mother tongues and increase awareness of the linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world.

India possesses a very high linguistic diversity index. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India is celebrating 2lst February as Matribhasha Divas all over India with the objective of sensitising people on the need to impart communication skills and proficiency in the mother tongue. The focus will be on India’s vast and diverse language heritage and on ways and means to preserve and support about 3000 mother tongues

All the schools, colleges, universities and Language related institutions under both Central and State Governments are celebrating the occasion by holding seminars, workshops, special lectures and various competitions for students on the importance of mother tongue.

Some of the unique features of this celebration would be GK competitions on Indian Language Heritage and exhibition on Indian mother tongues. Schools and colleges are encouraged to take up year-long activities to facilitate using one’s own mother tongue better and learning other’s mother tongue faster and also to create a congenial atmosphere for appreciating and encouraging all Indian languages. Language festivals will also be held in different places for the first time.

Mathribhasha Diwas(Mother Language/Tongue Day)

International Mother Language Day

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. UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.  

Linguistic diversity is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with a 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.

2020 CELEBRATIONS

UNESCO celebrates ‘Languages without borders’ on the occasion of International Mother Language Day 2020. Local, cross-border languages can promote peaceful dialogue and help to preserve indigenous heritage. Source: UNESCO

International Mother Language Day, 21 February Poster

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