Volunteers’ efforts recognized in making Mother Languages Festival a success

Lok Virsa, Sindh govt keeping debate alive on kids’ medium of learning

Zubair Qureshi

After two successful editions of Pakistan Mother Languages Literature (MLLF) Festival, the third one is going to be held on February 17-18, 2018 at Lok Virsa. This was announced at the certificates’ distribution ceremony here on Sunday for the volunteers who took part in the second MLLF held in February this year.
Addressing the ceremony, the organizers of the festival spoke high of the volunteers, mostly students of the local colleges and universities, for making the festival on mother languages successful. An announcement for the next year’s mother languages literature festival was also announced on this occasion.
According to the lead organizer of the MLLF—Indus Cultural Forum—the festival will continue to coincide with international mother languages day which is celebrated on 21 February every year.
Indus Cultural Forum’s Niaz Nadeem said there was a debate going on about the importance of literature festivals in Pakistan. Through MLLF, we are trying to make the literature relevant to the masses because we are featuring the languages which majority of Pakistani write and speak, he added.
He thanked Lok Virsa, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), the Culture Department of Sindh Government and Foundation Open Society Institute for their generous support to the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director of Lok Virsa Dr. Fozia Saeed said it was right time that the parents took responsibility to teach their children their mother languages. “The MLLF is demonstration of how responsible citizens can volunteer to promote and protect their languages and culture in addition to doing their jobs” she said while congratulating the organizers.
Executive Director of Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) Naseer Memon highlighted the importance of the festival and said this initiative has resulted into national debate and discourse on the status of mother languages. He said the Senate of Pakistan held first ever public hearing on the issue of national languages which is a welcome outcome of the festival.
Prominent scholar and writer Ahmed Saleem said the festival would prove to be a window of knowledge and exposure to rich cultural and linguistic diversity of Pakistan. The ceremony concluded with distribution of certificates of appreciation for volunteers and honorary shields for the members of ICF, SPO and Lok Virsa.

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