The government in the Nigerian state of Lagos has announced that the teaching of German and Mandarin is to commence in six schools across the region.
The state commissioner for education, Olayinka Oladunjoye stated that the pilot program for German language teaching began last year at Birch Freeman Senior High School, through a partnership with a German school.
“Our officials have visited the school to ascertain the level of commitment of the German Embassy to the project” she added.
It has now been extended to a further five middle and high schools across Lagos, along with Mandarin.
The commissioner told local journalists that officials from the Lagos Mandarin Junior Club have developed and demonstrated the use of Chinese Language software, proposed for use in elementary, middle and high schools.
“I wish to add that we are currently studying it with a view to making a decision” she said.
The plans reflect the rise of Chinese in Nigeria, due to a growing relationship based on bi-lateral trade.