Zim commemorates International Mother Language Day

HARARE - Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) will host International Mother Language Day commemorations in Harare this morning.

The commemorations to be held at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) along First Street will be held under the Zimbabwean theme ‘Strengthening Local Languages in Zimbabwe’ and the global theme ‘Local Languages for global citizenship’.

International Mother Language Day has been observed globally every year since 2000 on February 21 so as to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages which include Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Khoisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, and sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa.

Tafadzwa Mwale, Officer in charge of the United Nations information Centre, told the Daily News yesterday that the programme would involve local language teachers.

“We will have about 35 local language teachers who will help us commemorate this day and also talk about importance of mother tongue education,” said the UNIC boss.

“Local Languages teachers will also make presentations on the challenges they face in teaching the local language.”

Apart from the presentations the commemorations will also include poetry presentations by high school students.

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