Stakeholders have intensified requires the federal government to re-introduce the topic into the nation’s training curriculum since its elimination within the 2009/2010 tutorial session.
The Nigerian authorities has commenced coaching of three,700 academics of Historical past as a part of a course of to reintroduce the topic into fundamental training curriculum within the nation.
Historical past as a topic was faraway from Nigeria’s training curriculum within the 2009/2010 tutorial session. However the improvement was met with criticisms which have continued till 2018 when the Minister of Schooling, Adamu Adamu, ordered its reintroduction into fundamental and junior secondary training curriculum.
Mr Adamu acknowledged that the Nationwide Council on Schooling had permitted the reintroduction of historical past as a stand alone topic on the 61st ministerial session in September, 2016.
The minister, subsequently, tasked the Nigeria Academic Analysis and Growth Council (NERDC) with the separation of historical past from the social research curriculum right into a stand alone topic.
4 years after the directive, the Minister of State for Schooling, Goodluck Opiah, on Thursday, flagged off the re-introduction and graduation of the coaching of Historical past academics in Abuja.
He mentioned the Common Primary Schooling Fee (UBEC) has been tasked with conducting refresher coaching for the three,700 academics -100 drawn from every state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
Mr Opiah, who represented Mr Adamu on the flag-off ceremony, famous that the choice to reintroduce the topic is a part of makes an attempt to revamp the training sector.
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Based on a press release by his Particular Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Kelechi Mejuobi, Mr Opiah mentioned the coaching of the academics was to reinforce their mastery of the topic, and supply them with the requisite expertise, approach and methodology wanted to show the topic.
He acknowledged that the return of Historical past on the fundamental training stage would assist the subsequent technology uncover the historic developments of their fatherland, conscientise them on the best way to keep away from repetition of previous errors and failures.
He additionally harped on the necessity to exploit the misplaced unique African custom of storytelling to show values, morals, folklore.
He mentioned: “Historical past underlies the strategy and strategies deployed in addressing our present day challenges, particularly with insecurity. We might naturally use historic narratives with the appliance of expertise ensuing from causes of occasions to options by utilizing homegrown options.
“That is ordinarily centred on our ethnic heritage, cultural host, and multicultural influences inside our peculiar communities which derive from our frequent origins.
“Such an entrenched instructing and studying present the chance for appreciating antecedents that extol the good deeds of our previous heroes, their sacrifices and contributions to creating the inspiration for an indivisible nation. It’s in doing this that we keep in mind and have a good time monumental achievements, memorable dates, occasions, names, and each occasion of historic significance.”
Qosim Suleiman is a reporter at Premium Occasions in partnership with Report for the World, which matches native newsrooms with gifted rising journalists to report on 1-covered points across the globe