International Mother Language Day Celebration - 2020
The College of Languages Education, Ajumako, UEW, will celebrate the 2020 edition of the International Mother Language Day scheduled as follows:
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Theme: Languages Without Borders
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Paul Schaefer (GILLBT, Tamale).
Chairman: Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, Vice-Chancellor, UEW
Thursday, 20th February, 2020: An interaction on GTV. Time: 6 a.m.
Friday, 21st February, 2020: A durbar at the Ceremonial Grounds, Ajumako Campus at 9.a.m. prompt.
The International Mother Language Day is an annual event that is held on the 21st of February every year. It aims at promoting awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, multilingualism, and the 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 social cohesion, cultural awareness, and tolerance. Also for the recognition of and respect for linguistic and cultural diversity which contribute to strengthening the unity and cohesion of societies. 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.
Rendition of “Thank You” in the 13 Mother Languages of the Faculty of Ghanaian Languages Education, Ajumako:
1. Nyὲ tsumi kaa/nyὲ pee nɔ - Dangme
2. Nyὲyiwaladɔղղ - Ga
3. Akpe na mi katã - Ewe
4. Meda wo ase - Asante 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 - Kusaal
13. Bareka yaga zaa - Dagaare