Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong (Photo: ScanNews)

Tackling Boko Haram With Peace Education (Nigeria)

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By Victor Ernest

(Reposted from: Concise.  May 27, 2017)

The Government of Plateau has introduced peace education in primary and secondary schools to forestall the resurgence of Boko Haram and tackle the menace of radicalism among children and youths.

Deputy governor of the state, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that the state had paid dearly for violent conflicts.

Tyoden attended the 2017 Education Solutions International Conference in New York and delivered a keynote address on ‘SDGs-4: Character and Leadership Education in 2030 Development Agenda’.

De-radicalisation of young minds

He said Plateau would become the first and only state in Nigeria to have introduced peace education in its primary and secondary schools curricula.

”As a society emerging from the throes of violent conflict, so much is required in terms of functional and collaborative partnership with the global community to develop the educational sector.

”However, the current situation where peace education is only taught at tertiary levels may not be the best approach as far as the quest for the de-radicalisation of young minds is concerned,” he said.

To ensure its success, Tyoden said the state is willing to build strategic partnership with relevant stakeholders. The stakeholders, according to him, are the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and other International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs).

He also said the state would partner with donor agencies to tackle the problems of negative social indoctrination, as well as other challenges facing our education sector.

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