AAU, Addis Ababa University, UNESCO and Embassy of Bangladesh to Ethiopia jointly observed International Mother Languages Day (IMLD) at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) hall on Friday, 21 February 2020.
International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance held every year on 21 February in the UNESCO member states and its headquarters to create awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
Professor Tasew Weldehanna, President of Addis Ababa University on his welcoming address said that Mother Language is a manifestation of the humanity expressed in meaningful and understandable word of combinations. “I presume Mother Language is an extraordinary gift of the creator,”he added.
According to Professor Tasew, the presence of over four thousands of Mother Languages across the globe today show a network of colorful language fibers that keep all human beings connected.
His Excellency, Mr. Monirul Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Ethiopia in his part said that International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is celebrated to help children of the world not to forget their mother tongues.
The Ambassador emphasized his point as, “We need to respect our mother tongue. These days, due to a huge influence of globalization, we only focus on the world’s leading languages. Hence, we observe IMLD to show our respect and the significance of our mother tongues.”