By Joy Odor
The National Commission for Monadic Education (NCNC) has organised a five day workshop on the Review and Adaptation of Curriculum Guides for the Education of Pastoralists and Migrant Fisherfolk and Farmer in four subject areas, History, lslamic Religious Studies, Christian Religious Studies and National Values.
The objectives of the workshop are to examine and adapt the reviewed national curriculum in four subject areasHistory, lslamic Religious Studies, Christian Religious Studies and National Values to get ye socio-cultural and learning needs of nomads, to identify and infuse curriculum contents which are relevant to the learning needs of the Pastoralists and Migrant Fisherfolk and Farmer at appropriate points, to suggest appropriate teaching and learning activities and materials that will foster the type of Education that stresses the link between the nomadic lives and their environment, to subject the curriculum to a cultural filter to meet the expectations of the target groups, to ensure that the new curriculum guide meet the national standard of basic education in Nigeria and to produce the hard and soft draft copies of the adapt curriculum guide.
The participants of the workshop are lectures drawn from different universities across the States of the Federation who are experts in the review of educational curriculum.
The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Monadic Education (NCNC), Professor Bashir Usman during his keynote address expressed dismay the decline in the understanding of the collective sense of history, moral values, social cohesion and rich in culture heritage as a people.
He said this is particularly worse amongst the youth in the country who have relapsed into all manner of social vices such as conflicts, insurgency, armed robbery, kidnapping, drug abuse and rape.
Professor Usman opined that, for the NCNC to make meaningful progress, they must instil in the youth moral rectitude to shun cancerous monster deeply eroding the fabric of the society and the solid foundation laid by the founding fathers of our beloved Nation.
it is against this backdrop that the National Council for Education through the Federal Ministry of Education directed for the re-introduction of the subjects taught at the basic level and laid emphasis on the teachings
According to him, Nigeria is in dire need of a solution to stem the rising spade of the menace that is at the roots of the current national security challenges with all it’s attendant consequences.
The NCNC Boss explained that the process of curriculum revisions continues with a view to attending improvements each time for the overall development of Education.
Declaring the workshop open, the NCNC Governing Board Chairman Professor Gidado Tahir said it is heart-warming to see the focus of the Commission on curriculum review and Adaptation given the worrisome and dwindling moral disposition of the youth in the country.
He enjoined all to join hands to fashion out a curriculum guide that would enhance the moral values of the citizens and put them on the part of an orderly society.
Professor Gidado noted that the effort of the Commission in this direction would culminate into the development of appropriate pupil’s texts and teachers guide that would assure quality learning outcomes in nomadic schools in furtherance to federal government commitment to foster quality and inclusive education for sustainable national growth and development.
In her welcome address, the Head of Department Planning Research and Statistics, Dr. Rose Nwaji said the workshop will no doubt foster the desired relevance and functional education which the Commission desire to achieve.