International Mother Language Day has been observed annually since 2000 to promote peace and multilingualism around the world and to protect all mother languages. It is observed on February 21 to recognize the 1952 Bengali Language Movement in Bangladesh.
At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world. We are involved in helping integrate the many languages of Cameroon and EG into both the education system and digital world, often for the first time.
On International Mother Language Day, we celebrate all the mother languages of the world, and all the people who speak them. For more information from SIL*, click on the following cards (in English and French).
* NOTE: SIL, Cameroon, part of SIL, International, is the organization we are members of and work under in Cameroon and E.G..