International Mother Language Day and the Endangered Alphabets

Just a heads-up on three fronts.

February 21 is International Mother Language Day, a day to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the world’s indigenous languages, many of which are endangered. Here’s the official word: “The United Nations’ (UN) International Mother Language Day annually celebrates language diversity and variety worldwide on February 21. It also remembers events such as the killing of four students on February 21, 1952, because they campaigned to officially use their mother language, Bengali, in Bangladesh.”

In a not unrelated piece of news, an article on the Endangered Alphabets will be appearing in a special edition of the Bangladesh magazine TMAG. I’ll add a link as soon as it’s live.

And we will be launching a Kickstarter on March 1 to raise funds to have two children’s books printed for indigenous kids in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. I’ll add a link to this, too, as soon as it’s live.¬†Stay tuned, and please pass on the news/reblog/retweet so we can continue this incredibly worthwhile project.