Background  
     
  In 2017 PanSALB declared February as the month of LANGUAGE ACTIVISM. In line with its mandate, PanSALB will be hosting the 2018 LANGUAGE ACTIVISM MONTH. The month-long celebrations will be characterised by various events from 01-28 February 2018 including the following:  
 
 

1. Publishing: access to books
2. Creating a culture of reading in all languages
2. The Use of Official Languages Act, 2012
3. PanSALB Public Lecture
4. Live TV debate on the importance of languages
5. PanSALB Language Awards

 
     
 

WHY FEBRUARY?

February is the month when the world celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on 21 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. IMLD was first proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999.

IMLD has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This date represents the specific day in 1952 when students demonstrated for Bangla to be recognised as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan. Protesting students were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, and sacrificed their lives for their desire for the recognition of their mother language.

For PanSALB a day is not enough to celebrate our diversity of languages, especially in a country that has 11 official languages. It is for this reason that we saw it prudent for the country to celebrate the month of February as a Language Month.