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Limba, Loko, Themne, Mende, Sherbro | Spotlight Your Mother Language

"Let us all join forces to promote linguistic diversity and multilingualism as a key element in our efforts to build a better world and a life of dignity for all." --Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Message for International Mother Language Day 2014)

Today is International Mother Language Day. International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Today, the BBC reports that a debate is raging in Kenya over the use of mother languages in the east African nation's schools. A new government policy requires children under eight years of age be instructed in their mother language as part of the curriculum, in a bid to  increase classroom part…

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