Nigeria Introduces Citizenship Studies, Promotes Local Values in Cartoons

Nigeria's Federal Government plans to introduce Citizenship Studies as a compulsory subject in all levels of education to instill national identity and pride. The government will also promote Nigerian values in cartoon content, aiming to bridge the parenting gap and ensure good value systems among children.

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Nigeria Introduces Citizenship Studies, Promotes Local Values in Cartoons

Nigeria Introduces Citizenship Studies, Promotes Local Values in Cartoons

The Nigerian Federal Government has announced plans to introduce Citizenship Studies as a compulsory subject at all levels of education, from primary to tertiary, in a bid to inculcate the right values and characters in every Nigerian child. The National Orientation Agency (NOA) Director General, Mall. Lanre Issa-Onilu, made the announcement at a Town Hall Meeting with stakeholders in Lokoja, Kogi State, as part of his 2-day working visit to the state.

Why this matters: This move has significant implications for the country's social and cultural development, as it aims to instill a sense of national identity and pride among its citizens. By promoting local values and characters, the government is taking a step towards preserving Nigeria'scultural heritage and shaping the next generation of leaders.

Issa-Onilu stated, "The federal government will soon introduce Citizenship studies in all levels of education in Nigeria: primary, secondary and tertiary education where our children will undertake them as compulsory subjects and courses." He emphasized that this move will enable children to learn the right values and characters, become good Nigerians, and make the country proud wherever they go.

The introduction of Citizenship Studies is expected to start this year with 37,000 Citizenship Brigades, 1,000 per state in primary and secondary schools. The NOA is also midwifing the National Values Charter, which aims to codify the country's values and promote a sense of national identity. "Our children must know the heroes of the communities and be proud of where they come from, so that they will be good ambassadors of their cultures and communities," Issa-Onilu added.

In addition to the introduction of Citizenship Studies, the government is working on a policy to ensure that at least 70% of cartoon content promotes Nigerian values, history, and culture. This move aims to bridge the parenting gap and ensure good value systems among children, as concerns have been raised over the surge in decadence of right values and characters due to exposure to foreign cultures on television and social media that are alien to Nigeria's moral values.

The NOA has compiled data on heads and leaders of various unions and associations for proper mobilization to support government policies. Stakeholders at the meeting included religious and traditional leaders, civil society organizations, women and youth groups, media organizations, and retired state directors of NOA. They urged the agency to impress on the federal government to reduce petroleum pump prices to alleviate the suffering of the people, while the representative of the Council of Ulama'u called for the re-introduction of religious studies, which should be made compulsory at all levels of education.

The introduction of Citizenship Studies and the promotion of Nigerian values in cartoon content mark significant steps in the government's efforts to foster a strong sense of national identity and pride among its citizens. As Issa-Onilu emphasized, "A proper Nigerian cannot be kidnapper, bandit, get to government and become a thief, stealing government resources, promoting corruption and bringing hardship to the people." The success of these initiatives will depend on effective implementation and the support of all stakeholders in the country.

Key Takeaways

  • Nigeria to introduce Citizenship Studies as a compulsory subject in all levels of education.
  • Aim is to instill national identity, pride, and values in Nigerian children.
  • 37,000 Citizenship Brigades to be established in primary and secondary schools.
  • Government to ensure 70% of cartoon content promotes Nigerian values and culture.
  • Initiatives aim to foster national identity, pride, and good values among Nigerian citizens.