Mother tongue or native language has a lot of importance to the learning process of a child and not just this; it depicts so much about a person’s personal, social and cultural identity. The United Nations General Assembly declared the International Mother Language Day in order to promote the preservation of all languages of peoples all over the world.
Mother tongue is known as the first language or native language which a child is first exposed to from birth or at home and this makes it so important in the development of the child. Languages do a lot in expressing unique modes of thinking, tradition, opportunities and expressions of people; the total estimated numbers of languages spoken in the world are about 6,000 and research shows that 43% of this is endangered.
The International Mother Language Day is promoted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization with a mission to protect the already endangered languages of the world. According to the United Nations, every 2 weeks a language disappears leading to the extinction of intellectual and cultural heritage embedded in that language. The purpose of this day is to protect linguistic diversity.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) uses the opportunity of this International Mother Language Day to appeal to Governments, Educational institutions, parents and all other stakeholders to work towards the preservation of mother tongues in various societies because we believe in the potency of languages in disseminating of the message of peace.