NCNE adapts curriculum for education of farmers, pastoralists, others

The National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) has held a five-day workshop to review and adapt curriculum guides for the education of pastoralists and migrant fisher-folk and farmers in four subject areas, including History, Islamic Religious Studies, Christian Religious Studies and National Values.

Addressing participants at the workshop on Monday in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of NCNE, Prof. Bashir Usman, said that “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.”

He said: “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 set national goals and objectives.

“It must therefore be characterised 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.”