THE Literacy Network- Solomon Islands has chosen to celebrate International Mother Language Day on Friday 14 March (today) at the National Museum.
The official UNESCO date for this event was 21 February and this year’s theme was: 2014 International Mother Language Day – Local Languages for Global Citizenship: Spotlight on Science.
With 65 languages in the country, organisers would like to see the Solomon Islands language diversity celebrated each year.
There are interesting events planned for the day.
Starting at 9:00 am, SITAG Linguistic Advisor, Karen Ashley will use a technique called a ‘monolingual demonstration’ to show how linguists research and analyze a language.
Everyone is invited to a programme starting at 10:00 am at the National Museum.
There will be speeches, language demonstrations and information given about languages in the Solomon Islands.
In the afternoon, lectures will be held at the Art Gallery.
At 1pm, Edgar Pollard will be speaking on How Local Languages Strengthen Environmental Studies.
At 2pm, Karen Ashley will present a lecture on What is Language.
And at 3pm Timothy Matzke will present a lecture on the official Language Policy of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.
There will be opportunities for participants to interact with the presenters and ask questions.
Literacy Network Solomon Islands encourages everyone to come learn more about the languages of the Solomon Islands and celebrate our linguistic diversity.