Ansar Ahmed Ullah:
An event to observe & celebrate Martyrs Day & International Mother Language Day took place on Sunday, 24 February 2019, at the Salvation Army Hall, Royal Sussex Crescent, in old town, Eastbourne.
The event was hosted by Mozmil Husain, United Nations Association Eastbourne & Gary Muston, Salvation Army and conducted by Tahrin Begum.
The programme celebrated International Mother Language Day, an initiative of Bangladesh and approved by the UNESCO in 1999. As UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies the celebration in Eastbourne reflected the differences in cultures and languages that fosters tolerance and respect for others.
Music were performed by children of multi-linguistic traditions. Artists Robin & Ruth Foster and Shanaz Khanam also performed at the function.
Speeches were made by guests Cllr Peter Pragnell, Chairman, East Sussex County Council, Cllr David Elkin, Deputy Leader East Sussex County Council, Cllr Penny Di Cara , Opposition Deputy Leader, Cllr Robert Smart, Shadow Cabinet Member, Cllr Paul Metcalfe, Shadow Cabinet Member, Jane Lamb, Inspector for Multicultural Education Equity and Inclusion, Jane Lamb, Inspector for Multicultural Education Equity and Inclusion, Clayton Acorn, Head of Modern languages, Uplands College, Cllr Gous Chowdhury, writer Umi Sinha, Ann Boniface, Southdown Eastbourne Centre, Marwan Kishawl, Sarah, Kishawl, community activists Badrul Haque, Abdul Kahdir, Jahangir Sharif, Sayek Miah, Arthur Chapman, Rotary Club, Andy Kurby & Helen Burton of Eastbourne Voice.
In addition, a presentation of plans for construction of a Shahid Minar (International Mother Language Monument) in East Sussex was presented at the meeting. Bengali language books were distributed to attending children and guests were treated to world cuisines.