By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA–THE National Commission for Nomadic Education,NCNE, has begun the process of emplacing a new education curriculum for pastoralists in the country.
To this end, top management staff and stakeholders are locked in a four-day workshop in Abuja, aimed at arriving at a suitable curriculum.
The period would be utilized in not only reviewing but also adopting curriculum guides for the education of pastoralists and migrant fisher-folk as well as farmers in four subject areas, including History, Islamic Religious Studies, Christian Religious Studies, and National Values.
Executive Secretary of NCNE, Prof. Bashir Usman, in an address to the delegates to the event in Abuja, Monday, said the development was informed by what he referred to as “a sharp decline in the understanding of our collective sense of history, moral values, social cohesion and rich cultural heritage as a people.”
Noting that “this is particularly worse amongst the youthful population in the country who have relapsed into all manners of social vices ranging from conflicts, insurgency, armed robbery, kidnapping, drugs abuse, and rape”, he said it was time to change the ugly development.
Hear him: “The effective implementation of any programme requires continuous improvement, review, and update of relevant educational materials to attain standards. The curriculum provides a cardinal link between education delivery and sets national goals and objectives.
“It must therefore be characterized by relevance, appropriateness, adequacy and demands of the time in terms of contents shaping and stimulating in the minds of learners/children of diverse background in terms of culture, ethnic, religious and social settings the spirit of peace, stability, security, development, integration and co-operation. Today, as we are all aware our nation is plagued by a myriad of challenges which are impeding our journey to nationhood, national growth and development.
“Evidently, there is a sharp decline
in the understanding of our collective sense of history, moral values, social cohesion and rich cultural heritage as a people and this is particularly worse amongst the youthful population in the country who have relapsed into all manners of social vices ranging from conflicts, insurgency, armed robbery, kidnapping, drugs abuse and rape.
“Our country is therefore in dire need of a solution to stem the rising spade of this menace that is at the roots of our current national security challenges with all its attendant consequences. It is against this backdrop that the National Council of Education through the Federal Ministry of Education directed for the re-introduction of certain subjects taught at the basic level and laid emphasis on the teaching of subjects such as history, Islamic Religious studies, Christian Religious studies and National Values comprising of Social Studies, Civic and Security Education.”
On his part,Executive Secretary, National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education,NMEC, Prof. Abba Abubakar Haladu, noted that emplacement of quality curriculum content was the panacea to the where the youths have found themselves today.
Haladu insisted that “reversing the existing state of affairs should begin with the development of high-quality curriculum contents which address such values, followed by the provision of relevant primers and other texts and reinforced by well trained and motivated facilitators or teachers.”
According to him, “The importance of this workshop cannot be over-emphasized. This is because the issue of educating the children of Nomadic Pastoralists, Migrant Fisherfolk and Migrant Farmers should be at the front banner of our basic education endeavour in view of the large number of these clients and the potential benefits the country would drive from educating them.”