Ministry of Foreign Affairs marks International Mother Language Day
21 February 2017, Male’
Speaking at a special event held to mark this year’s international mother language day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim, stressed the importance of language for diplomats and the conduct of diplomacy, and thus the importance of learning how to use language effectively.
The event also marked the first session of the Distinguished Speakers Series organized by the Foreign Service Institute of the Maldives. Ms Naseema Mohamed, eminent historian, linguist, and Consultant at the Dhivehibahuge Academy was the featured speaker at the event. In her remarks, she outlined the origins and the history of Dhivehi language, and the importance of language in the social development of the country.
Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including its Missions abroad, also presented poetry they had prepared, at the event.
The International Mother Language day is marked every year on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilinguism. This year the event at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was organized by the Foreign Service Institute of Maldives, and the Khaarijee Social Committee.