We missed International Mother language Day yesterday – February 21. However, missing a commemorative day is not drastic, but missing the message? Now that’s disastrous. According to experts, every time we loose a language, we loose the legacy of culture and native knowledge that only that language could communicate.
Says a UNESCO report: The most important thing that can be done to keep a language from disappearing is to create favourable conditions for its speakers to speak the language and teach it to their children.
Via Deccan Herald:
“…Boa Senior, the only speaker of Bo language in Andaman Islands passed away. With her death, a 70,000 year old language, a unique heritage of mankind became extinct. With this extinction we not only lost a language, but lost an entire knowledge system, which was different from the industrial age.”
As a multilingual publisher, we try to do our bit to ensure that children get to read books in many languages.
You can help save languages too. Help spread reading. Help in small ways. Learn how you can donate Rs.200 or more to get Urdu, Bengali and Telugu books into the hands of children.Do click here for details.
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