Nigeria is set to teach STEM-related subjects such as science and mathematics in indigenous languages such as Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and others. This was announced by the country's Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, at the inauguration of Nigeria's inter-ministerial committee on the teaching of mathematics and science subjects in local languages on 31 May 2017.
Inauguration of Joint Ministerial Committee on the Teaching of Mathematics & Sciences in local languages | Federal Ministry of Science and Technology
The initiative is a partnership between Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Science and Technology as well as the Federal Ministry of Education.
“For us to build the country of our dreams, for us to make Nigeria a truly great nation, a nation that is able to feed and house its citizens, a nation with a stable currency, we must embrace science and technology. Nigeria will remain a dependent nation if the citizens did not embrace science and technology, because no nation can become great without science and technology. If Nigeria is to be great, then Nigerians must embrace science and technology. The socio-economic challenges we are facing in the country is as a result of inadequate application of science and technology“ Onu is reported to have said.
It is hoped that the use of local indigenous languages will help further the teaching of STEM subjects. However, with Nigeria reported to have hundreds of indigenous languages it will be interesting to see which languages are prioritized.