Mother languages day conference on 21st

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18: The Forum for Language Initiatives (FLI), Bakrawal Mobile School Trust and Indus Kohistan Cultural and Development Organization have planned to arrange a conference on the eve of International Mother Languages Day (IMLD) on February 21. Researchers, social workers, politicians and people associated with language preservations and cultural activities will attend this conference to be held at Community Centre Hall Abpara, Islamabad. Pakistan is home to about 65 languages and about 27 of these are spoken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but due to lack of institutional support many of these languages are now endangered and some are likely to die soon. UNESCO has listed more than 20 languages as extremely endangered. The ILMD has been celebrated every year on February 21 since 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This year’s theme of IMLD is “Local languages for global citizenship: spotlight on science.” UNESCO highlights importance of mother tongue as part of the right to education and encourages its member states to promote instructions and education in the mother tongues.]]>

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