FG mulls mainstreaming Spanish language into Nigerian school curriculum

The federal government has reiterated its readiness to mainstream Spanish language into Nigerian school curricula.

The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, gave the hint at the 2024 edition of the International Spanish Language Day.

The United Nations (UN) celebrates one of its six recognised official languages, multilingualism and cultural diversity every year.

Apart from being one of the most popular languages spoken in Latin America, Europe and Africa, it is also on record that it is spoken by over 500 million people and native speakers.

The minister told the audience, which included students from various schools who attended the event, that Nigeria is also known for its diversity, urging the promoter of Spanish language and their envoys in Nigeria to do more.

Nigeria, according to him, would begin work on mainstreaming Spanish language into the school curricula.

He said: “Apart from recommending Spanish language to Nigerian schools, the government will look at mainstreaming the language into curricular.

“This is with respect to its importance and crave for the language among the Nigerian youth populace and students as well as its status as one of the six official languages recognised by the United Nations.”

He added that with the array of opportunities the Spanish Language brings, it will be a great advantage for Nigerians interested in learning a second language.

Speaking in the same vein, the Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa, described Nigeria and Spain as having a lot of similarities in terms of creativities, in the area of foods, dance, language and music for instance.

She said, “I want to see how we can deepen relationships via our languages and also export Nigeria to the global community using Art and Culture.

‘We can only achieve this through communication, collaboration and partnering.” 

The Mexico Ambassador to Nigeria, Alfredo Miranda at the ceremony told the gatherings that by embracing and learning other peoples’ languages, the possibility of countries deepening ties is high, especially in the area of economy.

The Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Juan Ignacio Sell, stated that although Nigeria and Spain had maintained very close relationship in the area of energy, there was the desire to facilitate the teaching and learning of Spanish language in Nigerian universities.

In her own contributions, the Cuba Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Miriam Morales Palmero, noted that the event highlighted the importance of the Spanish language as promoter of cultural richness and global connectivity.