Over 500 children convened at Girls High School Harare to celebrate International Mother Language Day this Saturday (yesterday), the event was organised by United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), UNESCO and Chipawo.

The main objective of commemorating the International Mother Language Day is to preserve and articulate the importance of indigenous languages hence this year’s theme, “Preserving Linguistic Diversity and Promoting Multilingualism”.

Speaking at the celebrations, the deputy provincial education director Harare Province Joy Maphosa stressed the significance of mother language in all spheres of everyday interactions.

UNESCO representative Mr Moses Mukabeta highlighted that linguistic diversity in the world is increasingly threatened as more languages disappear, humanity loses an entire cultural and intellectual heritage

International Mother Language Day has been commemorated annually since 2000 to promote linguistic, cultural diversity and multilingualism.

It supports target 6 of sustainable development goal number 4 which seeks to ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women achieve literacy and numeracy.