DIGITAL payments service provider WorldRemit has waived fees on transactions from the UK to Bangladesh from 21 to 24 February as part of celebrating International mother language day.
Customers can use the WorldRemit app or website using code ‘IMLD2021’, the company said.
The mother language day, a UN initiative since 2002, is celebrated on 21 February every year to promote and preserve the use of all languages and is a public holiday in Bangladesh.
The original idea to mark the day came from Bangladeshi migrants living in Canada who successfully petitioned the then UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, to take action to save languages from extinction.
The theme for this year’s International Mother Language Day is, ‘Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society’.
“Over 60 nationalities are represented at WorldRemit and more than 75 languages are spoken by our employees. We greatly value multilingualism and emphasise respect and tolerance for all cultures,” said Cyril Ghanem, head of europe and strategic partnerships at WorldRemit.
“Waiving fees from the UK, where we have our headquarters, to Bangladesh at this historic time is our small way of honouring the sacrifices made in order to preserve language and culture.”
According to the UN, around 6,000 languages spoken across the world are at risk of extinction with a language disappearing every fortnight.