According to reports, the federal government and stakeholders in the education sector have been urged to promote the teaching and learning of Arabic language in schools across the country.
The chairman of Kwara State Arabic Education Board, Dr. AbdulKadir Oba-Solagberu, made the call in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen on the preparation for the 2016 mock examination for Arabic students in the state.
He noted that teaching and learning of Arabic language has nothing to do with religion, stressing that the skill becomes necessary owing to the demand for diversification of knowledge due to globalisation and technological advancement.
“There is the need to integrate teaching and learning of Arabic knowledge in the Nigerian education curriculum as this will promote self-reliance, economic independence and enhance self-esteem,” he stated.
Oba-Solagberu contended that Arabic education is not meant for Muslims alone, noting that some experts in the language are non-Muslims.
He noted that majority of Nigerians now go to foreign countries such as India, Malaysia, Qatar, Kuwait, China and Saudi Arabia among other countries in the Middle East and Asia for post graduate studies and “unfortunately, such students only rely on English language as the medium of communication and interaction not minding other nationals coming from different backgrounds, races and continents.”