The Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, has praised a former vice chancellor (VC) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Bede Nwoye Okigbo, attempting to revive the deficient reading culture in the country and the Igbo language.
He is also launching the book, titled ‘Uwa gbara ayi gburugburu’ (meaning ‘the world around us’) is aimed at teaching school children at all levels about their environment.
According to Omenugha, the Igbo science book is a welcome development as the ministry is doing all it can to promote the Igbo language and culture. “We have appointed a desk officer for Igbo Language and culture and designed trainings for Igbo teachers both in private and public schools,” Omenugha said, adding that an Igbo science book “would go a long way to help entrench the love of the Igbo language and culture in our people.”
Explaining the rationale behind the book, Okigbo said the need to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the Igbo language around the country was the driving force. “We don’t have Igbo names to cover certain concepts in science,” Okigbo noted.