International Mother Language Day 2021
On February 23rd we marked the International Mother Language Day at our school.
This day is important as it is a time to reflect on our own languages and how they shape who we are and how we view our world. We also reflect on why we need to respect our language and the languages of those around us. Our languages are a deep part of our cultural identity and a rich source of stories, proverbs and sayings.
We have explored the diverse languages our students speak in our classrooms and found out that 27 languages are spoken at MG: Albanian, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Tajik, Turkish and Ukrainian.
The students created their Language passports showcasing the meanings and origins of their names to explore cultural significance of naming traditions, some interesting facts about their language, common phrases that others might like to learn, proverbs that often communicate the values of a culture and favourite poems.
Discussing the individual language passports in the classroom was a great opportunity for the students to learn to respect their classmates from different cultures and backgrounds. Appreciating and promoting mother tongues may not only encourage linguistic diversity and build tolerance but also make the students feel proud of their culture and identity.