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Why We Set Up Igbo Schools In US, South Africa – Umealo

Mr Chima Umealo, the Coordinator of  Pillar Igbo Schools, says  the institutions were set up to promote Igbo language and cultural values  in the United States  and South Africa.

Umealo, the  President of  Abia Union, South Africa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg  on Friday that children in the schools were responding well to the study of Igbo language and culture.

He said that the Igbo Diaspora Cultural Heritage Festival held in Maryland, US,  was aimed at promoting the language and culture of Igbo people.

“ The schools were set up to ensure that the language and culture of the Igbo  do not become extinct.

“ The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) had predicted that Igbo language was among those that will become  extinct in the next 50 years.

“ One way of preventing this was  to set up the schools for our children in the Diaspora and to continue to promote the language and culture,” he said.

Umealo said that many of the children who had  not visited  Nigeria had impressed guests at the festival with plays and  songs rendered  in  Igbo language.

“ They also cooked native food and entertained the audience with assorted delicacies,” he said.

According to him, the school in America has  a population of 200 children while the one in South Africa has  more than 20.

“ The response of the Igbo community in South Africa to  the setting up of the schools  has been  positive.

“ We are optimistic that we would get support to actualise  the vision of the schools. The necessary foundation and structures have already  been laid,” Umealo said.



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