Bayelsa moves to save Ijaw language from extinction

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BY Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—In a bid to save the Ijaw language from extinction, Bayelsa State Government has awarded scholarships to 110 teachers to study Ijaw at the state Niger Delta University, NDU.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, had listed the Ijaw language as one of the endangered languages in the country.

Speaking during the presentation, which was part of Federal  Government’s programme of activities to mark the International Mother Language Day in Yenagoa, Governor Seriake Dickson, said the scholarships were to develope the Ijaw language for sustainable cultural development.

Represented by  Secretary to the State Government, Prof Edmund Allison-Oguru, the governor urged the Federal Ministry of Education to “include the teaching of Ijaw language in its national curriculum just as it had been done for other languages.”

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