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.
In 2018, with the aid of CIPRB and one of their trustees, Becky Horsbrugh, the Sreepur Village started to run swimming lessons in their pond in the village grounds. The lessons, since this date, take place every year during the months of June and July, and are now taught by a number of Sreepur staff who have since been trained to facilitate the programme each year.
Approximately sixty children, aged 6-12, take part each year. They will learn how to swim 25 metres freestyle, tread water or float for 30 seconds as well as perform a rescue from dry
land. As half the number of deaths from drowning occur in 1-5 year olds, having an older child trained in dry-land rescue is pivotal in striving to keep this devastating number down.
It's British Science Week, 11th 20th March, and one of the activities that the Sreepur Village runs is the creation and nurturing of sack gardens.
This is an aspect of the Mothers Talking Everyday Science project and is a particularly important activity because when the mothers return to mainstream society they will be experienced in how to prepare a container in which to grow food plants and how to care for them.