Móðurmál has offered instruction in over twenty languages (other than Icelandic) for plurilingual children since 1994. The Sports and Leisure Council of Reykjavík (Íþrótta og tómstundaráð Reykjavíkur) and later the School and Leisure Department of Reykjavík (Skóla og frístundasvið Reykjavíkurborgar) have supported and have partially funded the program, as have other tuition waivers and grants. Volunteers and parents do the lion´s share of the valuable work.
Móðurmál was established in 1994 as The Parents of Bilingual Children Association (Samtök foreldra tvítyngdra barna) in order to develop a structured language program with clearly defined curricula and goals.
Mother Tongue is grateful for the patronage of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former president of Iceland and a promoter of languages via her Institute of Foreign Languages.
Mother Tongue is also grateful for the following awards:
2008: “Vel að verki staðið” (“For A Job Well Done”) certificate of recognition from the Intercultural Centre for Mother Tongue’s active work on immigrantion issues in Iceland. The award was presented by the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.
2014: “Samfélagsverðlaun Fréttablaðsins“ (The Society Award of Frettabladid) in category“From Generation to Generation“. The award was presented by the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.
2016: “Foreldraverðlaun Heimilis og skóla” (Parents’ award from the National Parents’ Association) for mother tongue teaching of bilingual children