International Mother Language Day

International Schools Association

21st, February, 2024

International
Mother Language Day

It is a global celebration proclaimed by UNESCO to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world

Organiser:

A’ksent Suisse International School

General goals

Cultural Appreciation and Expression

Foster a sense of cultural appreciation and expression within ISA schools by encouraging the submission of one-minute videos that showcase the importance of mother languages and cultural heritage through heartfelt messages from school leaders and creative student expressions.

Global Participation and Awareness

Promote global participation and awareness by inviting schools to contribute videos in their native languages and showcase them on the ISA web page. This initiative aims to unite schools worldwide in celebrating International Mother Language Day.

Event Background

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999. The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. The UN General Assembly welcomed the proclamation of the day in its resolution of 2002.

 

On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”. By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism and named the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to serve as the lead agency for the Year.

 

Today there is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in development, in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in strengthening co-operation and attaining quality education for all, in building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage, and in mobilizing political will for applying the benefits of science and technology to sustainable development.

Programme

  • Welcome message and invitation to schools to submit their videos from Monica Colli, Director of A’ksent Suisse International School.
  • Reception of short videos until February 20th.
  • On February 21st, all videos will be uploaded on the ISA dedicated web page. 
  • A week after February 21st, schools and students are encouraged to share the videos on their social network. 

Rules

In order to celebrate the International Mother Language Day, ISA schools are encouraged to send a one-minute video containing:

A half a minute speech from a school leader in their own native language, stressing the importance of mother languages and cultural heritages.
A half a minute made by school students in which they present a poster with a slogan related to the importance of Mother languages.

You can send the links where we can download your video to the email: edgardo.manzitti@isaschools.org. In the email. Please indicate your school name, and a contact person.

In order to facilitate the understanding of the video messages by other people around the world, all videos should be subtitled in English.

Submissions

Take a look at some of the amazing participations we received!

How to Participate

  • Schools should do prior work with a group of students in order to participate effectively.
  • At least some idea of  Human Rights across the world and a little bit of rhetorical/persuasive devices (not essential like the prior research). 

  • There could be listeners/ inactive guests.

Confirm interest by filling the following form

In case you may have doubts or you may require any other additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us in our email communication@isaschools.org
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