In Nigeria, many teachers and academic practitioners have a genuine wish for the consistent development of democracy. They have been trying to actualize this, mainly via the introduction of school subjects.
This is with the idea that as these salient subjects are introduced to students across the country, particularly in secondary schools, it’ll better brace them up for the future.
An example of these subjects is civic education. But what is civic education as a subject taught in Nigeria, and what does it entail? Let’s find out.
Meaning of civic education in Nigeria
Generally speaking, Civic education is a continuous socially-oriented knowledge about building civic competence and democratic culture passed to the public, mainly via school curriculums.
It is the subject that teaches how students and members of society respond in support and protection to democracy.
However, it is essential to note that civic education spans beyond the conventional school subjects as it is also taught in other institutions.
What does Civic Education entail?
The basis of new knowledge, skills, and values that increase individuals’ capacity to approach societal problems and adapt to changing socio-economic conditions is what civic education offers.
This encourages the respect and protection of rights and interests and that of others.
The definition of civic education isn’t complete without touching on what it entails as a subject taught in schools and the demographics of society it targets.
The components of civic education include but are not limited to – human rights education and, development of intersectoral social partnerships, Teaching a culture of peace and education, and Management of self-governing associations of citizens.
Individuals taught with this field of study include children enrolled across all Nigerian schools, teachers, military and security forces, and state and municipal employees.
Activists in Non-governmental organizations, prisoners, pensioners and older people aren’t left out as targeted.
Why is civic education important in Nigerian schools?
From the definition of the field of study and what it entails, one can tell its importance, especially to its targeted demographics.
For instance, in the case of school children, they are being prepared for the future since they are the nation’s future citizens.
They need to develop self-management and other life skills that will brace them for what is to come in a few years, which is offered and taught in this line of study.
Civic education is a broad subject aimed at the upbringing of those who study it towards attaining a solid civic competence and democratic culture.
It is among a few social science subjects that remain a compulsory field of study for students in most schools in Nigeria, including private and public.
However, aside from being a school subject taught in Nigerian schools, it is also instrumental in preparing members of the society to be good citizens and compass of moral conduct.