There are numerous policies on nomadic education formulated on one hand and relevant guidelines issued by the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) since its inception. This can be viewed in two periods namely;
the formative and consolidation period.
During the formative period, the following major policies guidelines on matters relating to nomadic education were issued.
- The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1979).
- National policy on Education (1976) revised in 1977, 1981,1987 and 2004.
- Blue print on Nomadic Education; fair deal for the nomads, 1987.
- The enabling law establishing the Commission captioned decree 41 of December, 1989 now acts Cap 243 law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- The policy directive of incorporation of education of children of migrant fisher folks into the Nomadic Education Programme, 1990.
- Monitoring and Evaluation Blue Print,1995
- Blue print for the Education of migrant fishermen (1998).
- The policy directive of incorporation of education of children of migrant farmers into the Nomadic Education Programme, 1998.
- Blue print for the Education of migrant farmers (2000).
- 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
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (1979) revised in 1989 and 1999
According to Tahir (1998) it was actually the 1979 Federal Constitution which recognized the need to provide equal educational opportunity for all. The provisions stated that “Government shall direct its policy towards ensuring that there are equal and adequate educational opportunities”. The Constitution also gave rise to a Federal Government initiative that was not only determined to provided access of basic education to the educationally disadvantaged groups but also not to exclude anyone from acquiring such.
BLUE PRINT ON NOMADIC EDUCATION; FAIR DEAL FOR THE NOMADS, 1987
The blue print which was developed by the Federal Ministry of Education in 1987 has two broad sections. Section one deals with the aim and objectives of Nomadic Education in terms of both short and long term. Section two focuses on approaches for providing Nomadic Education; Resources development; Organization, Administration and Role Definitions; Similarly, Recommendations on Teacher development for Nomadic Education and also on primary education curriculum for the programme were included accordingly.
THE ENABLING LAW ESTABLISHING THE COMMISSION CAPTIONED DECREE 41 OF DECEMBER, 1989 NOW ACTS CAP 243 LAW OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
The law establishes the National Commission for Nomadic Education which amongst other things establishes, manage and maintain Nomadic Primary schools nationwide. The document as a legal instrument comprises of six sections. Part one deals with the Establishment of the Commission. Part two itemized the objectives and functions of the Commission. Part three explains the staff of the Commission. Part four focuses on Nomadic Education Centres. Part five stipulates the funds and other financial provisions of the Commission. Finally, miscellaneous matters of the Commission are the highlights of part six.