By Hussaini Umar
In its effort to uplift the standard of teaching and learning science subjects in Nigeria the Nigerian Center for the study of Nigerian Languages and translations of Bayero University Kano translate eight science textbooks into local language of Hausa for Primary, Junior and Senior secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions. Professor Aliyu Mu’azu the director of the center discloses this during the presentations of the translated books to the public in an event held at the university’s hall recently. He said the translated books will help Nigerian students most especially Hausa native speakers to understand sciences in a simple language. He said the books are
- Science and Technology for Primary Schools. Book one to three.
- Checklist for Secondary Schools. Book one to three.
- Chemistry for tertiary institutions.
- Physics for secondary schools.
In making the translation work, Prof. Mu’zu also said they used the National Curriculum with the help of the Faculty of Science and Faculty Of Education in the university.
Prof. Muazu said, “The decision to translate and print these books comes as a result of the Center’s efforts to help promote modern education in our Northern Territory by teaching language in mother tongue language)
So, this center believes that learning and teaching will be easier and more understandable as it is with the mother’s tongue and added that in developed countries, secrecy of their educational success is teaching subjects with their mother tongue languages.
Finally, Prof. Mu’zu said, “The Center will endeavor to partner with the Federal and State agencies to ensure that these textbooks are used in the public schools.”
In his inaugural speech, the Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof, Mohammed Yahuza Bello said, he has pledged to support any progress made by the center to improve the Hausa language in northern Nigeria.
He also commended the Center for this courageous effort, saying that this is a development not just for the Institute, but for the university as a whole.