Today is International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by UNESCO to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. I was made aware of this by the United Nations Online Volunteering program (UNV), that I have posted about before.
UNV cite Nelson Mandela who once said that “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”.
If you click here, you can read about online volunteers that translated a series of key texts promoting human rights and democracy into their mother languages in West Africa.
So, Happy International Mother Language Day to you all, dear readers!