There is a multitude of languages across the globe, and there is also an urgent need to promote awareness on linguistic and cultural diversity, and this is why, every year on February 21, the International Mother Language Day is observed worldwide.
First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, the day was formally recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008.
Since then, various educational institutions and organisations across the world have been organising unique initiatives and competitions every February 21st, in a bid to preserve an individual’s mother tongue and encourage the growing generation’s participation towards the same.
In Kerala’s Malappuram, students and teachers of an aided upper primary (AUP) school, were part of a fantastic celebration, where a mass launch of 1413 manuscripts by 1413 student-editors took place on Wednesday.
Studying between classes 1 and 7, each of these 1413 children handcrafted manuscripts comprising over 20 works which included stories, poems, paintings, travelogues and articles. These were then collated into individual books with different titles and cover pages.
The event was attended by Sakeena Pulppadan, the vice-president of the Malappuram district panchayat, who released the book made by the school pupil leader, following which all the kids released their manuscripts.
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Organised by Vidyarangam Kala Sahithya Vedi, the initiative gave children an opportunity to showcase their creativity and talents.
The school will soon select the best manuscript and honour the editors, reports Mathrubhumi, a local daily. To further encourage the proclivity among children towards their mother tongue, the school’s language club of the school will organise a literary journey for the best editors studying in the upper primary classes.