International Mother Language day

17 March 2011

International Mother Language Day is observed yearly by UNESCO member states to encourage linguistic and cultural assortment and multilingualism.

Grade 6 students challenge the Head Teacher, Ms. Belinda Holland in a magic showGrade 6 students challenge the Head Teacher, Ms. Belinda Holland in a magic showInternational Mother Language Day is observed yearly by UNESCO member states to encourage linguistic and cultural assortment and multilingualism. As an IB school, The Aga Khan Junior Academy, Nairobi celebrated the International Mother Language day through various activities. The Grade 5 children carried out a survey about the origin and spread of the different mother languages spoken in the school.

The integration of mathematics with reference to research and representation skills with the different languages as represented in the school was a great experience for the students. In addition, the cultural attire worn by the students and teachers depicted the pride and heritage entailed in the different mother languages.

The climax of the celebration was rich multilingual and cultural activities presented by the different students across the grade levels. The assembly was kicked of by singing of the Kenyan National anthem in Kiswahili which is the national language in Kenya. There were then prayers in Hindi, Punjabi and Arabic. What followed was a multilingual and cultural explosion which kept the audience yearning for more. There were poems, songs, dances, recitations, skits and plays before a multilingual magic show by the Grade 6 students. Indeed at the Aga Khan Junior Academy, Nairobi we are proud to speak our mother tongue.