By Garry Ochigbo
The National Commission for Nomadic Education, NCNE, says efforts are ongoing to prioritize nomadic education in three subjects including Islamic Religious Studies IRS, Christian Religious Studies CRS, and History for pastoralists, migrant Fishermen and farmers.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bashir Usman stated this at a workshop in Abuja.
He commended the federal government for reintroducing the three subjects in line with the Universal Basic Education Curriculum which would go a long way9 in educating students on their culture, ethnicity and historical background.
Usman, explained that Nigeria has recorded over 5.1% Nomadic out of school children in the last one year who have been accused of nefarious activities ranging from banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling among others due to lack of education.
The executive secretary stressed that series of awareness campaigns have been put in place in collaboration with stakeholders in nomadic education to sensitize pastoralists on the need to embrace peace to foster development.
Usman appreciated the federal government under president Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda and the National Assembly who had also set up a committee on alternative education to reduce the high rate of Nomadic out of school children in the country.
The Head of the Department, Planning Research and Statistics, Dr Mrs Rose Nwaji said the Commission just completed the development of the aforementioned textual materials for levels 1-6 in June this year, adding that the workshop will give credibility to complete the manuscript of the materials.
She added that the objective of the workshop was to critically examine the reviewed developed pupils texts in IRS, CRS and History for pastoralists level 1- 6 to ensure that all topics in the curriculum are captured in the pupils texts.
Edited By Grace Namiji
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