Free language lessons for Igbo children
As a means of encouraging the use of Igbo language amongst Imo children in Lagos, the Imo State government led by Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha, has rolled out Free Igbo Language classes at the Imo State liaison office in Lagos.
The Governor?s Special Assistant on Lagos Liaison, Hon. Lisa Asugha emphasised that the on-going Free Igbo Language education was in fulfilment of the passion of the government to preserve Igbo culture and values especially amongst the future generation. This, she said led the government to unveil a blueprint to strengthen the Igbo cultural institution.
According to her, the Free Igbo Language Education for Imo children both at home and abroad would be sustained as it would enable the children to speak the language fluently, especially in this digital era when globalisation is threatening many local languages in Nigeria.
?It has been noticed that our language and culture are gradually phasing out in this new generation, and on this note, the government established a school to educate our children?.
Asugha also hinted that plans are in progress for the establishment of the ?Imo City: Gallery of Igbo Heritage,? a world class monument that will take people through the evolution of Igbo race. The gallery which would be depicting the Igbo culture and heritage will also help children understand what the life and culture of the Igbo man used to be.
?It would reflect the different stages of transition and evolution with the aim of presenting the traditional ways of life of the Igbo man, showing life in the villages before the advent of colonialism and post-colonialism?, Asugha said.