Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) has taken a significant step towards preserving and encouraging the use of the Yoruba language.
The university has integrated the Yoruba language into its General Nigeria Studies (GNS) curriculum, as mandated by a law enacted by the Lagos State Government on August 8, 2018.
This law requires the inclusion of Yoruba in the GNS programme of all tertiary institutions owned by the Lagos State Government.
It is a compulsory course for both 100- and 200-level students and they must pass it before they graduate.
She said immediately after transmuted into a university, the senate of the institution approved the teaching of Yoruba at the GNS level in 2022, and the university started teaching in February during the 2022–2023 sessions.
She said the university is the only institution that is teaching Yoruba for one whole session in the state.
Lafiaji-Okuneye added that the 100-level students at the university has been taught, examined and graded on the course.
Lecturers teaching Yoruba Language created innovative ways to teach their students to capture their interest.
In the last admissions process, we had to move some candidates interested in studying English to Yoruba because of the population.
She urges parents and schools to adopt our language, which can help us become game changers in preserving the language among children and students.