Three persons and an organisation have received International Mother Language Award for the first time.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, on behalf of the premier, handed over the award to the recipients on Sunday.
From now on, this award will be given every two years at national and international level for the contribution to the preservation, revival and development of the mother language, she said.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the event of Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day and award giving event of ‘Mother Language Award 2021’ virtually from Ganabhaban in the capital.
The International Mother Language Institute declared four-day long event marking the mother language day.
According to media report, the awardees include National Professor Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, who has been honoured for his contribution at national level.
A Nazrul researcher, Prof Rafiqul is the first Nazrul Professor of Dhaka University’s Bangla Department and first director of Nazrul Research Institute.
The 87-year-old linguist also participated in the 1952 Language Movement actively and captured rare photos of the movement.
A former vice-chancellor of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and director general of Bangla Academy, Prof Rafiqul won the Ekushey Padak, Swadhinata Padak, and Bangla Academy Award among others.Mathura Bikash Tripura, executive director of Jabrang Welfare Association in Khagrachhari, received the award for his work to protect the mother tongues of the small ethnic groups.
At the international level, the government conferred the award on Islaimov Gulom Mirzaevich, an Uzbekistan researcher, and The Activismo Lenguan or Language Activism of Bolivia.
Mirzaevich has played a role in research, practice and culture of mother language protection, promotion and revitalisation in Uzbekistan, and abroad.
The Activismo Lenguas is an online initiative to support networks of indigenous language digital activists in Latin America.