The United Nations’ (UN) International Mother Language Day annually celebrates language diversity and variety worldwide on February 21. This year, Island School celebrates this day with students creating and hanging lucky wishing tags.
The International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999 to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people of the world. This day also remembers events such as the killing of four students on February 21, 1952, because they campaigned to officially use their mother language, Bengali, in Bangladesh.
Island school is a multicultural learning environment and all different cultures are worth celebrating, so our teachers created a lucky wishing tag event to promote appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Students had a chance to participate and write blessings in their mother language on a wishing tag, which was later hung around the campus. The event turned out to be very successful and Island School students showed us some very beautifully designed wish tags with their powerful blessings in their mother tongue. It was fun and meaningful to celebrate The United Nations International Mother Language Day in Island School. Just like what the UN website stated in their release, “Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.”
By Winnie Lin, 12N