Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

NAOWA urges parents to teach children local languages

style="text-align:justify">The National President, Nigerian Army Officers' Wives Association, NAOWA, Mrs Umma-Kalsum Buratai, has urged parents to ensure that they teach their local languages to their children at home. 

Buratai stated this last week during the maiden NAOWA Model Nursery and Primary School Cultural Day, in Kurudu, Abuja. 

According to her "this ceremony is apt especially now that we are at jet age of technological innovations which often times comes with its attendant implications on child's upbringing in terms of moral discipline and decadence in our cultural values. I urge all at all times engage your children and ward morally by teaching them the basic religious tenets, inculcating in them the fear of God and our good cultural values". 

She also added that," The moral decadence in our society is because we don't have time to inculcate these cultural values into our children; and they prefer the western cultures, which has brought about a great menace in our behaviour and the way we showcase ourselves". 

Earlier, the Head teacher, Mrs. Oshakuade Abimbola, stated that the brave do not abandon their culture, describing culture is the total way of life that people in the society are blessed with. 

"Culture is characteristics of a particular group of people defined by everything from their language, food, social habits, music, dance, dressing style and arts. Through culture, we are governed by norms and customs, which are the pillars of any society. If these pillars are not properly followed, our culture will resemble a perfume with no smell," she stated.   She added that, "Via culture, we learn how to be better people in the society, such as, living together as brothers and sisters therefore creating friendly environment for learning to take place. 

"We are celebrating our first parents, pupils and staff cultural day ceremony and the objectives of this cultural day is to raise the level consciousness in understanding our diverse culture, create awareness and tolerance of inter culture differences and also to share different cultural experiences among the parents, pupils and staff of the school".   She encouraged parents to often speak their local languages, so as to inculcate same in their children.

"This event shall be an annual ceremony and it must be well understood that preserving our culture does not mean to disrespect other people's culture as culture create and develop identities", she assured.   



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