Commission begins curriculum reviews of four basic subjects
Abuja, Nov. 22, 2021 (NAN) The National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) has begun a five-day workshop in Abuja to review the recently adapted curriculum guides in four subject for the attainment of standards in nomadic education.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the basic subject areas are History, Islamic Religious Studies, Christian Religious Studies and National Values.
Speaking at the opening session of the workshop on Monday, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bashir Usman, said that the review became necessary in order to set goals for the sustenance of standards.
According to him, the effectiveness of any programme required continuous improvement, through updates of relevant educational materials for the attainment of standards.
He said that a curriculum provides a cardinal link between education delivery, set national goals and objectives, and that it must be characterized by relevant issues and the demands of the times.
Usman added that the curriculum must also be relevant with content, shaping and stimulating the minds of learner’s /children of diverse background be it in terms of culture, ethnic, religious and social, for peace and stability.
“Today, as we are all aware, our nation is plagued by myriad 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.
“It is getting worse amongst the youth population in the country, who have relapsed into all manners of social vices, ranging from conflict, insurgency, armed robbery, kidnapping, drug abuse and others.
” Our country is, therefore, in dire need of a solution to stem the rising spate of these menace that are at the root of our current security challenges, with all its attendant consequences,” he said.
It was against this backdrop that the National Council of Education directed the re-introduction of certain subjects at the basic level, he said.
Prof Gidado Tahir, Chairman, governing board of NCNE, stated that the workshop would re-enforce the efforts of the Minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in providing quality education at all levels.
He said that the outcome of the workshop would further upgrade nomadic curriculum to the standard of the those used in conventional schools.
In particular, it would accelerate the quality of the nomadic education programme in the country, and enable nomadic children to compete favourably with their counterparts in conventional schools.
He said that NCNE had in the past three years, been playing a leading role, in the education of nomads in Nigeria and would continue to do so, to ultimately ensure that nomads were fully integrated in the nation’s development process.
Dr Rose Nwaji, Head of Department, Planning, Research and Statistics, NCNE, in her address of welcome enumerated the objectives of the critique workshop.
She said that the workshop, would among other things, ensure that topics across primary one to primary six were suitable to the needs and aspirations of nomadic pastoralists and migrants fisherfolk/farmers
Nwaji added that it would also ensure that each topic synchronised with the performance objective and evaluation, as well as focused on the appropriate teaching and learning activities
According to her, it will ensure that the adapted curriculum guides meet the national standard of basic education in Nigeria. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Mouktar Adamu
The National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) was established in 1989 by defunct Decree 41 now Nomadic Education Act, Cap N20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, to cater for the educational needs of the socially excluded, educationally disadvantaged and migrant groups in Nigeria. These segments of the population have serious limitations to equitable access to basic education through the conventional education system as a result of certain occupational and socio-cultural peculiarities. Out of the estimated 10.4 million migrant groups in Nigeria comprising pastoralists, migrant fisher folks and migrant farmers, about 5.1 million are children of school age of which only 578,374 are currently enrolled in schools. Arising from this, it can be seen that the participation of nomads in existing formal and non-formal basic education is abysmally low. Read More…
Commission's VisionIntegrating the nomads into the national life by providing them with relevant and functional basic education and improving their survival skills, levels of income and productivity.
Commission's MissionTo serve as a prime mover and work in concert with all stake-holders and providers of Universal Basic Education (UBE) in Nigeria for the actualization of the nation’s Education.
Commission's Core ValuesThe NCNE core values are Excellence in striving to provide a solid foundation of basic functional Education and exemplary character for the nomadic child.
Our PlansThe commission has devised a series of plans as follows:
• Long-term plans
• Mid-term plans
• Short-term plans
• One year strategic plan
General Objectives of the Nomadic Education Programme.
- 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 so as to cope with the demands of the contemporary world; and