The International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture (Yoruba World Centre, YWC) has pledged to support the federal government on its new education policy.
The YWC stated this in a letter addressed to Adamu Adamu, the minister of education.
On Wednesday, the federal executive council approved a new language policy which now makes the mother tongue a compulsory medium of instruction from primary classes 1 to 6.
In a letter signed by Ogbeni Alao Adedayo, the YWC coordinator, the body said it upheld the scaling through of the language policy proposal as one big achievement that would be recorded for the tenure of the current minister.
Adedayo said all parties should come together to see to the workability of the policy.
“This is time for us to celebrate because Nigeria now follows the ways of many developed nations,” he said.
“Using the mother tongue for instructions at the early stage of children has helped many nations of the world to develop, and it is one of the obstacles facing our education sector in Nigeria.
“Pupils taught with foreign languages grow to fall in love with foreign cultures and ideas, abandoning anything indigenous, including the love for their own community and country.
“Here at the Yoruba World Centre, we are very sure the federal government and Nigerians shall reap bountifully from this new policy.
“This is why we are supporting the policy with all our resources, by bringing all stakeholders together to ensure we all give a helping hand that will facilitate an all-round success for the implementation of the policy.”
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