With the start of the spring semester, student activities at our university gained momentum. In this context, “World Mother Language Day” was celebrated.
The Head of the International Relations Office, Prof. Dr. Rıdvan Kızılkaya, Head of OMU-Turkish Dr. Lecturer Ömer Saraç, academic and administrative staff and a great number of Turkish and international students attended the event organized by the International Relations Office and held at the Conference Hall of the OMU Turkish Language Teaching Research and Application Center. During the program, which started with the singing of the National Anthems of Turkey and Bangladesh and continued with the recitation of the Quran, Bangladesh Country Representative MD. ABU YOUSUF IRAJ gave a speech on the meaning and importance of the day. Iraj said that in 1952, the people of Bangladesh, who participated in the protests led by university students, fought hard risking death in order to be able to use their local languages. Iraj, who stated that some university students died as a result of the events, pointed out that February 21, the date of the incident, was accepted by UNESCO as “the International Mother Language Day”.
OMU-TURKISH Head Dr. Lecturer. Member Ömer Saraç also emphasized that every language, culture and civilization adds a unique wealth to the world with all their elements. Pointing out that 5 thousand out of 50 thousand students in OMU are made up of International Students, the Head of International Relations Office Prof. Dr. Rıdvan Kızılkaya emphasized that OMU had 4 Bangladeshi students. After the program, OMU-TURKISH Preparatory Class students' musical performances won the audience's appreciation.