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Army calls for inclusion of peace studies in school curriculum

08 November 2013, 17:57

Uyo - The Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) on Thursday called for the development of a robust curriculum that would include peace and conflict studies at all levels of the country’s education system.

The corps made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the maiden 2013 Nigerian Army Education Corps Summit in Uyo.

The communiqué was signed by the Pro-Chancellor of Fountain University, Oshogbo, Prof. Nurudeen Adedipe.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the summit is "Education Sector Development in Nigeria: Tackling Contemporary Challenges”.

The communiqué stated that the inclusion of peace and conflict studies in the school curriculum was apt, in view of the emerging challenges facing national and global security.

"There was need for the infusion of emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills into basic, post-basic and tertiary education curriculum to enable our students become better managers and decision makers.

"The federal and state Ministries of Education, NUC, NBTE, NCCE and the Nigerian Army should strengthen their quality assurance activities to improve the national and global ranking of Nigerian institutions for the production of quality graduates,” it stated.

The communiqué, however, stressed the need for the National Assembly to partner with the Nigerian Army, as well as Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in efforts to develop the education sector by according education top priority in budgetary appropriation.

It stated that this was in line with UNESCO’s recommendation of 26 per cent of national budget.

The communiqué said that the various reforms, being undertaken in the Nigerian Education Sector, called for robust implementation framework, sustainable funding and regular monitoring and evaluation.

"The federal and state governments should partner with relevant stakeholders to come up with actionable blueprint on effective advocacy, sensitisation and mobilisation programmes.

"The programmes should strive to reverse the misconception and apathy of Nigerians towards Technical Vocation Education and Training,” it further stated.

-  NAN

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