International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day, launched in 2000, was celebrated at the University of Lapland on 21 February 2012. The annual event derives from a 1952 shootout in eastern Pakistan where students of the University of Dhaka became casualties of the Bengalese language dispute. The themes of the 2012 IMLD were teaching in the mother language and inclusive education.

The event started with a brief seminar, after which international students hosted language tables and told about their own languages and cultures through self-prepared material. The tables dealt with the languages and cultures of Germany, UK, China, Bengal, and Iran.

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The Chinese table.
Image: Jasim Sarker