Dhaka – The government has approved a policy that includes introduction of an international award for contribution in preserving, reviving and developing mother languages.
The cabinet headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved Bangladesh’s International Mother Language Award Policy at a meeting in Dhaka on Monday, an official spokesman said.
The International Mother Language Award will be given in every two years commemorating Bangladesh’s 1952 movement for Bangla language, said Shafiul Alam, cabinet division secretary.
A total of four awards (two at the national level and two on the international) will be given. The prize money for the national ones is 400,000 taka and for the international ones is worth about 5,000 US dollars, according to Alam.
Bangladesh has been observing February 21 as language day since the 1950s. The day is being now celebrated across the world as International Mother’s Language Day after the UNESCO recognition.
A select committee to be headed by director of the International Mother’s Language Institute will judge the nominations, to be given by the nomination committee to be headed by the education minister.