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Importance of mother tongue in education

By Samuel Adebara on April 24th, 2020

Mother tongue is the earliest language a child hears after being born. The mother tongue contributes significantly to shaping children’s emotions and thoughts. Often, the mother tongue becomes the language of thought. The mother tongue is also crucial to enhancing other skills such as critical thinking, literacy skills, and it contributes to how a child grasp a second language.

Fluency in mother tongue benefits children in many ways like:

Mother tongue makes it easier for children to pick up and learn other languages.

Mother tongue contributes to a child’s development of social, personal, and cultural identity.

It helps children develop literacy skills in other languages.

It connects children to culture and ensures better cognitive skills.

it enhances children’s clear articulation of thoughts.

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