Today is International Mother Language Day!
There are about ten ethnic communities living in Kosovo that speak their own language, while five languages are in official use. Mother tongue is part of cultural identity of people, way of their expression and mutual recognition.
However, we still witness cases where communities in Kosovo feel that their mother tongue is insufficiently respected. Right of freedom of speech, especially in their mother language is one of the fundamental rights of each individual and Office of Language Commissioner considers it its mission to help every community in Kosovo to equally use this right. Other language rights that belong to each citizen of Kosovo are: the right to use their language, the right to the preservation of their language and its transfer to the next generation, the right to use the name and surname in their own language, the right to study in their own language.
International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year with the overall objective to promote linguistic diversity and multilingual education.
Therefore, love and respect your mother language, while letting the others do the same!