Mumbai: As declared by the UNESCO, February 21 is observed worldwide as the International Mother Language Day to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. In a way to encourage students to study their respective mother tongues, the CBSE has asked its schools to celebrate February 21 as Matribhasha Divas.
CBSE director Sadhana Parashar said, "The very purpose of commemorating February 21 as Matribhasha Diwas is to promote the use of one's mother tongue and achieve some language related objectives."
The main objectives of this effort is to make people aware of the use of mother tongue which is necessary for the overall development of a nation and make them proficient in their respective mother tongues.
According to the CBSE officials, “ It is not mandatory for the schools to conduct full day activities like debate or other extracurricular activities.”
Celebrating this day helps in imparting feelings of national togetherness and oneness in the nation. Celebration of the International Mother Language day in schools will help children grow with the values of their nation and get familiar with the cultural traditions of the country.
"These days the students are fully engaged in the exam related activities as their final exams are all set at the door step. So, it’s impossible to dedicate an entire day for the Matribhasha Divas celebrations," said the principal of a CBSE school in Kharghar.
Some schools will remain closed on February 21, which falls on Saturday.