World Igbo Congress will participate in “The 2018 United Nations’ (UN) International Mother Language Day” celebrations. This is annually held on February 21 to celebrate languages spoken worldwide. It also observes the human right to use these languages.
It also uses this opportunity to remember events such as the killing of four students on February 21, 1952, because they campaigned to officially use their mother language, Bengali, in Bangladesh.
What Do People Do?
On International Mother Language Day, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN agencies participate in events that promote linguistic and cultural diversity. They also encourage people to maintain their knowledge of their mother language while learning and using more than one language. Governments and non-governmental organizations may use the day to announce policies to encourage language learning and support.
Our Responsibility and Declarations
In this day of doomsday rhetoric from nay-sayers who hope for Igbo language to go extinct within 25 years, it behooves all Igbo to do everything to ensure that our language is sustained and developed for generations to come. World Igbo Congress cashes into its special consultative status in the UN-Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to declare its participation in the International Mother Language Day 2018 scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018. In addition, and because of the dire straits in which Igbo language finds itself, World Igbo Congress DECLARES the 21st of every month as the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF IGBO LANGUAGE starting January 21, 2018. The activity planned for the day is for everybody in our electronic groups to write, IN IGBO, and post anything he/she wishes to post all in Igbo language. Charity, they say begins at home. We hope that this will help “forumites” become conscious of our responsibilities before they can pass it on to our children.