The Federal Government of Nigeria realized that unless a special educational provision was made for the nomads, they would have no access to formal and non-formal education. Thus, in line with the provisions of the 1979 Constitution and the National Policy on Education, which strongly urge the government to provide equal educational opportunities to all Nigerians, and in order to ensure that nomads have unfettered access to basic education, the Federal Government established the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) in 1989. The NCNE is charged with the implementation of the Nomadic Education Programme (NEP). The NEP is aimed at providing and widening access to quality basic education for nomads in Nigeria, boosting literacy and equipping them with skills and competences to enhance their well-being and participation in the nation-building process. To meet this challenge effectively, the Commission devised a series of innovative approaches and strategies. The broad goals of Nomadic Education Programme are:
- To integrate nomads into national life through relevant, qualitative, and basic functional education.
- To raise both the productive and income levels of nomads, as well as boost the national economy through improved knowledge, skills and practices of nomads.
The NCNE’s mandate includes, among other things, the following functions:
- Formulate policy and issue guidelines in all matters relating to nomadic education in Nigeria.
- Provide funds for:
- The research and personnel development for the improvement of nomadic education in Nigeria;
- The development of programs on nomadic education.
- The provision of equipment and other instructional materials, construction of classrooms and other facilities relating to nomadic education.
- Establishment, management and maintenance of primary schools in the settlements and grazing reserves carved out for nomadic people;
- To determine the standards of skills to be attained in nomadic schools;
- 5. To arrange for effective monitoring and evaluation of activities of agencies concerned with nomadic education;
- To liaise and cooperate with other relevant ministries and agencies;
- To receive block grants and funds from the Federal Government or any agency authorised on that behalf and allocate same to nomadic schools based on any formula approved by the Federal Executive Council;
- To act as an agency for channeling all external aids to nomadic schools in Nigeria;
- To ensure effective inspection of nomadic education activities in Nigeria through the sections in the Federal and State Ministries of Education performing duties relating to nomadic education;
- To collate, analyse and publish information relating to nomadic education in Nigeria; and
- To undertake any other action desirable for the promotion of nomadic education.
THE GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE NOMADIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME The objectives of the nomadic education programme are to:
- Expose the nomadic child to the elementary forms of modern education;
- Enable the nomadic child take part in the development of his immediate environment, in particular, and the country in general;
- Make the nomadic child self-reliant to improve his living conditions, thus eliminating the hardships and constraints in his/her life;
- Help him/her modernise his/her techniques of herdsmanship on animal management, fishing or farming as the case may be;
- Assist the nomadic child develop rapidly and fully, both physically and intellectually, to cope with the demands of the contemporary world; and
- Develop the initiative of the nomadic child and stimulate in him/her scientific and analytical modes of thinking.
- UBEC/NCNE 2014 projects
- Quality Assurance in Nomadic Education
- Teachers education and development
- Technical and vocational education
- Long-term plans
- Mid-term plans
- Short-term plans
- One year strategic plan