International Mother Language Day Celebration

International Mother Language Day is an annual event which is held on the 21st of February every year. It aims at promoting awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, multilingualism, and peaceful co-existence of diverse language speakers. It does not only aim to promote the use of mother tongue, but also the recognition of the need for co-existence of different languages and cultures.

The day was first declared an international day by UNESCO on the 17th of November, 1999. International Mother Language Day has since 2000 been observed to promote peace and multilingualism. The day is celebrated in memory of students from the University of Dhaka, Jagannath College and Dhaka Medical College, who demonstrated in 1952 for the official recognition of Bengali as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan and were brutally shot dead by police (then under Pakistan government).

The International Mother Language Day is celebrated to promote the hearing of all voices and to display the social cohesion, cultural awareness, and tolerance. It is also a platform to encourage others to learn about the history of their mother language, and the benefits of using more than one language.

2018 THEME:  “Preserving Linguistic Diversity and Promoting Multilingualism to Support the SDGs.”

Keynote speaker: Prof. Akosua Anyidoho (A renowned linquist, New York University, Accra)


  1. 20th February, 2018: An interaction on GTV Morning Show.
  2. 21st February, 2018: A celebration on the Theme: “Preserving Linguistic Diversity and Promoting Multilingualism to Support the SDGs.” At 9.00a.m. at the Ceremonial Grounds, Ajumako Campus.


Rendition of “Thank You” in the 13 Mother Languages of the Faculty of Ghanaian Languages Education, Ajumako:

  1. Nyὲ tsumi kaa             -      Dangme
  2. Nyὲyiwaladɔղղ             -      Ga
  3. Akpe na mi katã          -      Ewe
  4. Meda wo ase         -      Asanti Twi
  5. Meda wo ase         -      Akwapem Twi
  6. Medase                -      Fante
  7. Me da wo ase        -      Nzema
  8. N Paɣiya pam             -        Dagbani
  9. N pulus1 ya zo’e zo’e      -      Gurene
  10. Asan Kushu`       -      Gonja
  11. A ke a le lanyerene       -      Kasem
  12. M pu’usi ya pamm -      Krusaal
  13. Bareka yaga zaa           -      Dagaare