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International Mother Language Day: 'Embrace your identity'

The 21st February is celebrated globally and aims to bring awareness to cultural and linguistic diversity.

Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – On International Mother Language Day, South Africans are being encouraged to honour their identities.

The 21st of February is celebrated globally and aims to bring awareness to cultural and linguistic diversity.

It has been celebrated every year since February 2000.

WATCH: Celebrating SA's languages on International Mother Language Day

Meanwhile, Wits University’s Professor Leketi Makalela said 40% of the world's population did not have access to an education in a language that they speak or understand.

“People in the workspace are using a variety of languages in their interactions. Also in schools, we say formerly, the language of learning and teaching is English but in reality, this is not the case– these languages are often marginalised. What that does is deprive people of the sense of who they are.”