The Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) has made a substantial contribution to the preservation and promotion of Yoruba language usage.
According to a bill passed by the Lagos State Government on August 8, 2018, the institution has incorporated the Yoruba language into its General Nigeria Studies (GNS) programme.
According to this rule, Yoruba must be taught in the GNS programme at all tertiary institutions run by the Lagos State Government.Both 100- and 200-level students must successfully complete the course in order to graduate.
“Immediately after we transmuted into a university, the senate of the institution approved the teaching of Yoruba at the GNS level in 2022, and we started teaching in February during the 2022–2023 session. “For now, our university is the only institution that is teaching Yoruba for one whole session in the state,” she said.
Lafiaji-Okuneye added that the 100-level students at the university had 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.“The idea of making Yoruba language compulsory is because we want our students to know more about the culture.
“I urge parents and schools to adopt our language, which can help us become game changers in preserving the language among children and students,” she said