Important Event of February – 21

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Important Event of February – 21

International Mother Language Day

  • International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.
  • First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999.
  • UNESCO chooses a theme for each International Mother Language Day, and sponsors related events at its Paris headquarters.
  • In 2008, the International Year of Languages began on International Mother Language Day.
  • It is celebrated in Chile, Russia, the Philippines, Egypt and Canada.

India

  • As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative, digitized content will be made available in the country’s 22 scheduled languages and extended to India’s other 234 recognized languages.
  • Digitization began in June 2016 through the Bharatavani Project at the Central Institute of Indian Languages in Mysore, and by February 2017 content in 60 Indian languages had been made available free of charge.

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