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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Develop Indigenous Languages Now - CIAC Charges Federal Government

The Centre for Igbo Arts and Culture CIAC says 43 percent of the 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered, adding that every two weeks, a language disappears, taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage. 

A statement signed by Chairman of CIAC, Kanayo Okoye lamented that 40 percent of the global population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand.

He added that China has been able to grow economically because they decided to adopt their indegenous language as tools of instruction in their schools from the early stage of their children's education. 

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2020 international mother language day which holds on February 21 every year, the CIAC boss says the time has come for the Federal government to mandate that every Nigerian Child is taught at least one indigenous language from kindargarten to university. 

Okoye said the English language has been used in schools since Nigeria's amalgamation in 1914 yet very low developmental strides have been achieved, which he says, necessitates the need for the adoption of indigenous languages. 

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