Story By Akinola Emmanuel
Federal government through its relevant agencies has been charged to as a matter of urgency found a quick intervention in the form of the revision of the curriculum of Social Studies and bringing it up-to-date with nationhood requirements and global best practice.
This was according to a communique made available to journalists at the end of Social Studies Educationists Association Of Nigeria (SOSAN) 36th Annual National Conference “VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020″with theme “Value Education in a Plural Society: Treading the Holistic Path”.
The communique signed by the President of the Association, Professor AbdulRaheem Yusuf said this will assist in stemming the tide of division and other social vices that are currently bedevilling Nigeria.
“This would lead to a retrace of the lost path to a holistic nationhood that is already growing tick forest and making forward movement a nightmare for Nigeria. By this, we mean a deliberate revision made by the relevant bodies, in collaboration with experts in Social Studies that we are, will make Nigeria to achieve the general goal of using education as an instrument par excellence to achieve holistic national development as spelt out in the National Policy on Education.”
“As a professional Association, we hereby request that the Federal Government of Nigeria, through its relevant curriculum development agencies considers the urgent return of Social Studies into the school curriculum as a holistic/integrated subject and with relevant updates, so as to attend to the needs of the contemporary times.”
The Association also urged government to actively involve professional organisation like Social Studies Educationists Association of Nigeria in further development and revision of the Social Studies programme as a holistic subject and not a fragment as it currently operates in the schools in the forms of National Value Education (at the UBE Level) and Civic Education at the Senior Secondary Schools.