On February 21, 1952, students of the University of Dhaka launched a nationwide protest against accepting Urdu as the nation’s official language. That peaceful protest eventually led to several human losses. In order to recognise and honour this heroic act, the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared in 1999 that February 21 would be International Mother Language Day.
It is a day of worldwide observance aimed at promoting multilingualism and awareness of both cultural and linguistic diversity and every year The Sreepur Village marks this memorable day with a series of activities.
This year's daylong programme started with the hoisting of the national flag, followed by a cultural programme, a drawing competition and an open discussion.
All our mothers and their children along with every member of staff carried flowers in their hands and paid their respects to the language martyrs of 1952.
Ripa Begum hails from the northern part of Bangladesh. A mother of three, Ripa seeked shelter from The Sreepur Village, Bangladesh, in May, 2018 when river erosion completely washed away her house and all her belongings. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of families will lose their homes due to river erosion, especially in Northern Bangladesh where many of our mothers live.