The Progressives Leaders Association (PILA), an organisation sponsoring an Igbo Language School in the U.S., says a similar school has been opened in South Africa.
Mr Chima Umealo, Coordinator of PILA in South Africa, said at a dinner in Johannesburg on Sunday that 16 children had started lesson in the school.
He said the group’s aim was to secure the Igbo language and ensure it would not be extinct.
“Pila’s aim is to secure the Igbo language because UNESCO had predicted that the language was among those that will go out of fashion in no distant time.
“ We decided to come out with a programme to secure our language because a people without a language are no people,” he said.
Umealo, also the President, Abia Union, South Africa, said one way of sustaining Igbo culture was to secure the language.
“We therefore, resolved to establish an Igbo school in South Africa to affiliate with the one in the U.S to promote our culture and language,” he said.