By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA The federal government has stressed the need for a review of the civic education curriculum with a view to enhancing its teaching and learning outcome.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the launch of the project, Promoting Quality Civic Education in the Country, spearheaded by Riplington and Associates, an informative training, advocacy, research and policy organization.
“The project is indeed a welcome development for there is a need to review the teaching of civic as a separate subject in our schools.
“The infusion of civic education into the curricula of primary and secondary schools is aimed at preparing our young people to be effective citizens in a democracy by developing democratic and civic values.
It is to ensure that the young people are adequately equipped with knowledge and skills that would enable them exercise their civic rights”, he said. Adamu also stated that the time has come for a public-private partnership in funding of education, saying government alone cannot adequately fund the sector.” Adamu said.
Education Specialist and Director, Ripling and Associates, Abiola Sanusi lamented that though civic education is designed to prepare young people to be citizens in a democracy, the objective has not been met.
According to her, “the broad objective of this project is to conduct a holistic and comprehensive review of civic education strategy and its implementation in primary and secondary schools; and to also examine the current slide in civic education implementation in primary and secondary schools
“To assess the overall quality of civic education curriculum and the teachers responsible in teaching civic education; and to produce a policy paper and report on the importance of civic education for schools, general public and national development”.