International Mother Language Day Celebration at the Junior School

International Mother Language Day, established by UNESCO in 1999, serves to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The day is intended to increase awareness about the significance of preserving and promoting mother languages, which are an essential component of an individual’s cultural identity and heritage. The occasion also acknowledges the sacrifices made by the Language Movement activists in Bangladesh, who fought for their right to speak their mother tongue.

This year, Prem Junior School celebrated International Mother Language Day in a unique way by embracing the linguistic diversity of its student body. In addition to engaging in activities in their own mother languages, students were given opportunities to explore new languages. This would not have been possible without the incredible support of the school’s parent community. The proactive group of parents responded enthusiastically to the call for support and planned language activities that introduced students to new languages and cultures.

Student involvement and excitement played a key role in the celebration. High school students volunteered to read stories to younger children in different languages, resulting in a beautiful experience of culture through language diversity. During the assembly, students sang songs in different languages, and the JS student council excited the audience with a language quiz in which students actively participated. A video showcasing the many languages spoken at Prem Junior School was created, which allowed both students and teachers to share their mother tongue or additional languages. You can watch the video here.

Prem Junior School’s International Mother Language Day celebration was a beautiful tribute to the PYP commitment to multilingualism. The engagement of the parent community and student body in this event exemplified the importance of preserving and promoting mother languages for future generations.

Mayada Bayomi, M.ED

JS – EAL Teacher and Literacy Coordinator

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