Tashkent, Feb. 22, 2018 / Kabar /. International Mother Language Day was celebrated at the Republican International Cultural Center in Uzbekistan.
Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Relations with Foreign Countries under the Uzbek Government Kamoliddin Ishanhodzhaev said that Uzbekistan provides an exceptionally respectful attitude to the languages, customs and traditions of nations and nationalities living on its territory.
Representatives of more than 130 nations and nationalities live in Uzbekistan nowdays. At the State Educational Institutions of the republic, schooling is conducted in 7 languages (Uzbek, Russian, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen). The National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan broadcast in 12 languages, including Kyrgyz. Newspapers and magazines are published in more than 10 languages
Currently, there are 56 Kyrgyz General Academic Schools in Uzbekistan, with about 7.5 thousand children of ethnic Kyrgyz studying in their native language. In particular, there are 25 Kyrgyz schools in Andijan region, 6 in Fergana region, 4 in Namangan region, 13 in Zhizak region and 6 in Tashkent region.
There are about 500 thousand ethnic Kyrgyz live in Uzbekistan based on latest official data.
Within the framework of the event, a book exhibition and a concert with the participation of representatives of cultural centers of Uzbekistan were organized.
The event was attended by Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan Daniyar Sydykov.
International Mother Language Day was established by decision of the 30th session at the General Conference of UNESCO and is celebrated annually on February 21 since 2000.