As International Mother Language Day falls on February 21, the Official Languages Department will hold an essay competition at school level to help sensitize public opinion towards mother tongue. Promoting mutual respect based on the love for one’s mother tongue is another aim of this competition.
This islandwide essay competition is held in two levels: Senior and Secondary. Senior Level is open to students of Grades 12 and 13, while Secondary level is for students of Grade 10 and 11. Candidates can submit essays in English, Sinhala or Tamil.
Entries, certified by school principal, should be addressed to ‘Basha Mandiraya’, Department of Official Languages, No. 341/7, Kotte Road, Rajagiriya, to reach before February 11 marked ‘International Mother Language Day’ on the top left corner of the enclosing envelop. In line with this year’s theme ‘Moving forward in harmony as a multilingual country’.
Two essay topics have been identified; ‘My language – Our country’ or ‘Protect the Language Develop Country’. Essays should be between 300-350 words.