International Mother Language Day: 21 February

Published on February 22, 2018
International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is observed on 21 February every year to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.

The day was announced by UNESCO on 17 November 199 and formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages

Theme of 2018


  • 2018 Theme: Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development
  • It is very important for the sustainable development that the leaners get the education in their mother tough and in another language  It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus play an important role in promoting sustainable futures.

International Mother Language Day also supports target 6 of Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): "Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy."

Expected Questions 

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is observed in the month of
a. January
b. February
c. July
d. December

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