UNIJOS Conference: Bridging the Gap Between Mother Tongues and Global Education

UNIJOS Conference: Bridging the Gap Between Mother Tongues and Global Education

The Faculty of Education at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), played host to its 2nd International Conference in 2023. The gathering was attended by a plethora of well-respected educators and delegates, focusing on the theme “Globalization and Education: The Way Forward”.

While inagurating the conference, Vice-Chancellor,Unijos, Prof. Ishaya Tanko, who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. Joseph M. Musa, underscored the influential role of education in forming international outlooks and strategies for the 21st century.

“This occasion signifies a global evolution toward educational globalization which aligns with worldwide ambitions, By appreciating our linguistic diversity, we lay the groundwork for a more inclusive and interconnected educational future,” acknowledged Prof. Musa, recognizing the importance of evolving education from being locally based to globally driven.

Leading the dialogue on “Globalization and Education: The Way Forward,” Prof. Augustina Anakwe, addressed the manifold aspects of globalization and recognized its wide-ranging effects on technology, economics, and culture.

“In the current international economy, social inclusion and productivity are fueled by information and knowledge,” Prof. Anakwe pointed out. “Global competitiveness hinges on connectivity, while education ignites societal shifts in our ever-changing world.”

The lead paper presenter, Prof. Joanne J. Umolu, brought attention to the intersection of globalization and indigenous Nigerian languages, advocating for their essential role in national development.

“Emphasizing native languages in Nigeria’s progress within the global context is a significant responsibility for our educators,” stated Prof. Umolu. “Starting quality education with mother tongue can tap into the abundant potential present in our linguistic variance.”she said.

Prof. Umolu emphasized the recent policy adjustment insisting on the sole use of the native language in the first six years of schooling, highlighting the necessity for the development of educational resources and proficient teachers for its winning implementation.

“Our educators hold a vital stake in leveraging indigenous languages for Nigeria’s advancement in the globalized world,” Prof. Umolu urged. “Implementing quality mother-tongue-first education can unlock the vast potential inherent in our linguistic diversity.” She said.

“Language is a pillar of globalization, a shared language enables idea exchange, sparking innovations that fuel technological progress and shape political scenarios.” The notion that linguistic diversity, in combination with quality education, could set the stage for inclusive global advancement was echoed throughout the conversations” She added.

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