The federal government has said it would commence the review of civic education curriculum for secondary schools.
Speaking at the end of a 5-day workshop organised by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) on ‘Critique and Editorial Workshop for the Review of Civic Education Curriculum for Secondary Schools’, the executive secretary, NERDC, Ismail Junaidu, said the aim of the workshop was to ensure that selected teaching and learning activities are adequate to enable learners acquire knowledge and skills.
The workshop was in collaboration with the Development Research Project Centre (dRPC) and had sponsorship from the MacArthur Foundation.
According to Junaidu, the drive towards strengthening teaching and learning of civic education had become imperative especially in the face of dwindling state of national consciousness, patriotism and social harmony.
“Civic Education is aimed at the inculcation and development of national and social values in the citizens. These include social norms, skills, nationalism, patriotism, democratic processes and the rule of law.
”Teaching and learning activities should be such that exposes learners of the 21st-century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, leadership skills and citizenship,” he said.
Junaidu said there are processes involved in the review of the curriculum. “You have to pilot-test to see how it will work.
“The curriculum is already on in Senior Secondary Schools. It is a compulsory subject. Any student from senior secondary school is expected to have undergone the content of Civic Education. We are only reviewing to update it to conform to some of the 21st-century skills,” he said.
Similarly, the executive director of dRPC, Judith Ann-Walker said the review of the curriculum was a good one “but it should also look and reinforce civic associations for contributions”.
“What we do is to enforce what you do as government, as experts – thinking deeply about the next generation and the importance of civic education. We talk about education. Citizens can learn how to make constructive engagements through civic association,” she said.
She urged citizens to abstain from associations that destroy, rather advocating those associations that seek to solve problems through dialogue.