believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable
societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the
differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for
increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40
per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language
they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother
tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its
importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its
development in public life.
and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and
preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his
head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
This Day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural
diversity and multilingualism. It was created by UNESCO (the United Nations
Education, Science and Cultural Organization) in order to promote the
dissemination of mother tongues and a fuller awareness of linguistic and
cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on
understanding, tolerance and dialogue. It is light of this that the Bureau of
Ghana Languages and the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO under the auspices
of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in commemorating the 2019 edition
of the International Mother Language Day has instituted Sanegbaa, a
conversation between our elders/societal icons and children and the Youth.
Activities include conversations, storytelling, puppetry, riddles, music and poetry
in Ghanaian Languages.
Ghanaian: Speak your mother tongue.”
Date: 21st February, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: CYCC, Kawukudi behind 37 Military Hospital, Accra.