Ekushe Academy Australia celebrated the 10th Anniversary of International Mother Language Day Monument.
The Ekushe Academy Australia originated in 1999 when 'Mishook Publication’ (owner of which is Nehal Neyamul Bari), a local organisation that imported Bengali language books for the Bangladeshi community in Sydney, organised a book fair and cultural program for the first time in Sydney's Ashfield Heritage Park. After two successful years of book fairs and cultural programs, the Ekushe Boi-Mela Parishad Australia (EBPA) Inc. was created in 2000. In 2004, the name changed to the AGM-approved title, Ekushe Academy Australia Inc. Since its inception in 1999, the cultural programs and book fair held in Ashfield Heritage Park, have enabled Ekushe Academy Australia to create strong links with the Ashfield Municipal Council. Over the years they have also developed a strong rapport with the Bangladeshi Australian communities. Ekushe Academy's ongoing collaboration enabled them to receive immense support from the Ashfield Municipal Council, Bangladeshi Australian communities and Bangladesh government to erect a monument commemorating the Ekushe martyrs and International Mother Language Day in Sydney’s Ashfield Heritage Park. Ekushe Academy's efforts and collaborations were successful and the plaque of the monument was unmasked during the book fair in the park on February 19, 2006.
Ekushe Academy Australia arranged a grand celebration on the eve of the 10th Anniversary of International Mother Language Day Monument at the Ashfield Boys High school Auditorium, on the 14th of February 2016.There were many distinguished guests including, Bangladesh Consul General, Members of Parliament, Mayors, Councilors, politicians, media personnel, cultural activists, social activists and members of the Bangladesh expatriate community.
The program commenced with both the Bangladesh & Australian National anthem being presented by Ekushe Cultural Group. Guests and community leaders also gave speeches followed by a screening of a slide show of activities Ekushe Academy has organised and participated in since 1999.
The program, which was well organised, ended with Ekushe Academy presenting a wonderful cultural program and dinner being served at its conclusion.
Laurence Barrel (GS Ekushe Academy) hosting the program.
Presentation of the Bangladesh & Australian National Anthem.
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