international-mother-language-day.jpgThe mother language is an intangible heritage that should be promoted and safeguarded as it carries a people’s culture and identity.


This was said by an official in the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture at a belated commemoration of the International Mother Language Day.


Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Mother Language Day in song, dance and drama amid calls to safeguard and promote indigenous languages as they define a people and help in the socialisation and human development process.


Director of Art and Culture in the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr. Kudzai Mutuwira who was guest of  honour at the belated International Mother Language Day commemorations held in the capital, noted that the mother language as the first means of communication for all humans from mother to child and in society, should be safeguarded because it is the key to any culture’s survival.


“It is important to safeguard any language ever spoken in Zimbabwe. Some cultural practices have been lost and are now difficult to recover,” said Mr Mutuwira.


The International Mother Language Day was set aside by the United Nations and is celebrated on the 21st of February every year.


This year’s commemorations are running under the theme “The use of information communication technologies for promoting and safeguarding and promoting linguistic diversity”.