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Hillary Kiplagat February 21, 2019


The International Mother Language Day is an annual celebration observed across the world on 21st February to create awareness on linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

The day was proclaimed by UNESCO on 17th November 1999 in its General Assembly and has since been observed annually to promote peace and multilingualism.

This year’s theme is ‘ Indigenous Languages Matter for Development, Peace and Reconciliation’ and coincides with the year 2019 being declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYL19).

Today the Department of Tourism, Culture and Social Welfare organized a panel of Nandi language/ culture experts who participated in discussions on issues of indigenous language usage, preservation and promotion.

Speaking to the panel the CECM for Tourism, Culture and Social Welfare Wilson Taiy encouraged parents to find time to teach their children to speak their mother language despite their day to day tight schedules resulting from either business or employment.

Present in the forum were the CO for Tourism and Culture Beatrice Jemurgor, Director for Culture Isaac Sargoi, Kaburwo Council of Elders Benjamin Kitur, Reverend William Kosgei Director AIC Christian Literature Department and Dr. Amos Magut from Kisii University.

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