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International Mother Language Day celebrated at US university

Bangladeshi Student Association organized this event 

Update : 22 Feb 2024, 03:33 PM

International Mother Language Day has been celebrated on the premises of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with due solemnity to commemorate the martyrs of the language movement.

A group of Bangladeshi students, including a professor, observed the day by placing a floral wreath at the handmade Martyrs' Monument (Shaheed Minar), placed at UTSA Sombrilla on Wednesday.

Dr Sazzad Bin-Shafique, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management at UTSA, led the morning procession with Bangladeshi students from respective departments and faculties at the university, said a press release issued on Thursday.  

Bangladeshi Student Association (BSA) organized this event with Chanda Das Gupta as president and Moddassir Khan Nayeem as the secretary. 

The participants include previous and current BSA members such as Md Mohsin, OFM Riaz Rahman Aranya, Ayantika Bose, Md Sohanur Rahman, Nabita Rahmina Ahona, Mahbuba Auntuu, Asif Ahmed, Prianka Saha, Shimul Debnath, Md Jalal Uddin Rumi, Purnata Saha, Nazmus Sakib, Sadia Jahan, Rakib Hasan, Anindita Basak, Shamima Akter, Hafsa Tamanna and Owasim Uddin Bhuyan.

February 21 is celebrated as International Mother Language Day as declared by the United Nations to recognize and promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. 

In 1999, the 30th General Assembly of Unesco announced that February 21 would be proclaimed International Mother Language Day. 

Bangladesh’s government established the International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka to protect the rights and dignity of the languages.

According to Unesco, about 6,700 languages are spoken around, and 40% of them are threatened with extinction in the long term due to a lack of speakers. 

Only a few hundred languages have been placed in education systems, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.

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