21 February 2013
Today is International Mother Language Day and
a day in which the IFP would like to encourage all South
Africans to speak in their mother tongues. Our languages are
precious and must be protected as part of our rich cultural
heritage. Our Children must have the benefit of learning and
speaking in their mother tongues.
This year's International Mother Language Day
theme is, "mother tongue instruction and inclusive education".
It encourages us to teach our children their mother languages so
that they do not lose touch with their culture and heritage.
It is important that our children be taught
their mother languages at schools irrespective of whether the
medium of instruction at the school is English. All mother
languages should be offered as subjects in schools in order to
promote and protect our rich cultural diversity.
The Department of Education should provide all
necessary resources such as textbooks, teachers and literature
at schools and public libraries in order to promote African
Our Children deserve the benefits associated
with foundational learning in one's mother tongue.
Asiziqhenye ngolimi lwethu! (Let us be proud
of our languages)
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Arts and Culture,
Mrs. Hilda Msweli MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252