Mauritius: Mauritians mark International Mother Language Day 2016

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) — Mauritius Thursday organised several activities in Port-Louis to mark the International Mother Language Day (IMLD) 2016 in a bid to sensitise the population on its rich and diverse culture and in a broader sense the importance of preserving the languages used around the world.

These included poetry recitals, songs and slams in several languages.

Speaking on this occasion, Acting Arts and Culture Minister Alain Wong, stated that IMLD is an opportunity for the different languages used in Mauritius not only to show its lingual and cultural diversity but it also helps in reinforcing social cohesion.

The Minister recalled that several Speaking Unions have been set up by the government for the promotion of languages and encouragement of inter-cultural dialogues.

Though English is the official language and the local dialect "Creole" of African descent is the national language, the populations speak several other languages that include Hindi, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu, Mandarin and French.

The Arts and Culture Ministry recalled the message of UNESCO’s Director-General Ms Irina Bokova on this international day who underlined that in Sustainable Development Goal 4, the 2030 Agenda focuses on quality education and lifelong learning for all, to enable every woman and man to acquire skills, knowledge, and values to become everything they wish and participate fully in their societies.

"This is especially important for girls and women, as well as minorities, indigenous peoples, and rural populations", she said, adding that this is reflected in UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action, a road-map to implement the 2030 Agenda, that encourages full respect for the use of mother language in teaching and learning, and the promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity.

"Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies. We must recognise and nurture this power, in order to leave no one behind, to craft a more just and sustainable future for all", Ms Bokova stressed. 
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18 february 2016 12:56:14

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