International Mother Language Day is commemorated each year on February 21.
It was designated by United Nations as a day to recognize and accord importance to languages and multilingualism in order to advance inclusion and attain the Sustainable Development Goals that focuses on leaving no one behind.
Approved in 1999 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO General Conference, the Mother Language Day was initiated by Bangladesh and has been celebrated ever since annually.
The first International Mother Language Day was observed throughout the world in 2000.
Cheik Musa Sall, a member of the Senegalese Teachers’ Union for Junior and Senior High Schools has been speaking to about the importance of mother language generally.