Educational potentials of Igala language:
abdul at February 1st, 2015
Bull (1964), has emphasized that the best medium for teaching is the mother-tongue of the pupil. It is the assertion of this recommendation that there is nothing in the structure of any language which precludes it from becoming a vehicle of modern civilization. There is no language that is inadequate in meeting the child’s school requirements if only for the first months. It has also been realized that full self expression can best be attained in the mother-tongue. Awoniyi (1982) has observed that,
“through examples, precepts and reinforcements, children are gradually initiated into their linguistic community. From such an early beginning, the child learns the basic values of his society, folk-tales, proverbs which sharpen his reasoning ability that enables him to provide suitable answers and challenges during conversations and arguments. The child in his mother tongue, learns simple numeracy and he is taught to observe people, events and things as well as to express the appropriate ways to describe them”.
Carroll (1968) succinctly stated the significance of mother tongue in the education of the child:
“Probably no other subject taught in schools, and perhaps no other potent factor in the life of an individual, has larger possibilities for the development and the buildings of the reputation of the person as a well-educated person than his mother-tongue”.
The article that make up this passage was curled and edited for Igala Language from a research work conducted by professor Omo Ojugo on the Development of Essan language. Essan Language and Igala Language had everything in common looking at thing from language endangerment perspective.
Haven discussed the elements of threat to Igala Language, It is obvious that something needed to be done in order to alleviate the impact on our dear Igala Language and create avenue to promote the Igala land with her rich cultural heritage. Here comes IGALA ENCYCLOPEDIA as a tool to be utilised for the job.