Three individuals, including national professor Md Rafiqul Islam, and an international organisation, have been nominated for International Mother Language Medal by the government.
International Mother Language Institute’s Director (language, research and planning) Md Safiul Muz Nabeen stated about the announcement on Thursday night.He said the biennial award has been launched this year, with two at the national level and two at the international level.
National professor Md Rafiqul Islam and Khagrachari’s Jabarang Welfare Association’s executive director Mathura Bikash Tripura have been selected for the medals this year for preserving, reviving and promoting mother languages at national level.
An Uzbekistan researcher Islaimov Gulom Mirzaevich and The Activismo Lenguan or Language Activism of Bolivia have been chosen for the award at the international level for their research and extensive efforts for conserving mother languages.
Professor Rafiqul is the first Nazrul Professor of Dhaka University’s Bangla Department and first director of Nazrul Research Institute. He has been widely recognised at national and international level for his outstanding works on Bangladesh’s national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Mathura Bikash Tripura, executive director of Jabrang Welfare Association in Khagrachhari, has been working tirelessly to protect the mother tongues of the small ethnic groups of the Chattogram Hill Tracts.
Mirzaevich has played a significant role in research, practice and culture of mother language protection, promotion and revitalisation in Uzbekistan and abroad.The Activismo Lenguas is an online initiative which supports networks of indigenous language digital activists in Latin American countries.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the awards by virtually joining the inaugural function of the four-day long programme organised by the International Mother Language Institute on February 21 on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day and the Language Martyrs Day of Bangladesh.