#IMLD2020: Abuja School Celebrates Nigeria’s Rich Cultural Heritage
Cultural diversity is the term given to a range of societies or peoples, with different origins, religions and traditions, all living in a specific region.
Each culture has basic standards for social interaction such as personal space distance, eye contact, or the amount of body language displayed in public.
But globalization is increasingly threatening the survival of local languages, with some disappearing or already extinct.
Mother tongue refers to the first language a child learns. Developmentally, the mother tongue is the one the mother speaks to her child.
It is, therefore, the language that cradles him or her through childhood and evokes affection, the family sphere.
At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.
As the world commemorate mother tongue day today, students, parents and members of staff of Samuel Bill international Academy Abuja celebrates Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage with various cultural displays.
The students were dressed in gorgeous indigenous cultural attires, various songs were rendered in Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, igala, idoma and other local languages.
Principal of the school Mr. Joshua Abah, explained the essence of the cultural day in the lives of the students, admonished them on the importance of unity and love.
“There are many cultural groups here, but what brings us together is the love of Christ” Abah stressed.
“As a school, the classroom is where you see students from the Igbo culture, Yoruba Hausa and other cultures sitting down to receive lectures.
We try to imbibe in them that spirit of unity for them to work together and live together, and we believe if this is extended to the home and community, our country will be a better place to live.” He added.
With the theme “Unity in Diversity,’ he further stated that only unity can put an end to the security challenges confronting Nigeria.
According to him Schools and churches should also encourage cultural day celebration and teach the children the importance of culture from the cradle.
On his part, Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Ikechukwu Utazi described the event as remarkable one, which would make a great impact on the lives of the students.
Mr. Utazi who advised parents to encourage their children to speak their various mother tongues also appealed to the school authority to make sure the students always sing the school anthem.
International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly with the adoption of UN resolution 56/262 Multilingualism in 2002.