Written by Staff Writer
21 Feb, 2016 | 1:14 pm
This year, World Mother Language Day is celebrated under the theme Quality education, languages of instruction and learning outcomes.
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution, called upon member states “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”.
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 today’s Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Professor J.B Dissanayake of the University of Colombo said that mother languages should change according to the time period.
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