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Buhari To lead War On Moral Reform In Education

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 12:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue Awka

President Muhammodu Buhari is expected to attend the first four-day national conference for moral education planned for Awka from July 14, to boost his mantra of reformation of the country which brought him to power.

National coordinator of the Association for Moral Education, Nigeria, Rev. Sister Mary-Jude Therese Nwodo, gave this hint at the weekend in Awka.

Nwodo said the important conference with the theme, ‘Moral Education for National Development’, is aimed at reversing the damage done on Nigeria’s education system with the promulgation of edict of May 2, 1971, which confiscated all schools run by religious organisations and voluntary agencies and consequently removed moral studies from school curricula.

According to her, the conference will “bring together professionals from all walks of life to join hands to develop and fashion out a moral blue print for our education curriculum as a stepping stone for moral reform”.

This is why, she continued, professionals from all religions were invited and will be participating in the conference, because as she put it, although there were civic education, Christian Religious studies, Islamic Education and social studies, by comparative studies of religion, these are not the same as moral education although they are related.

Sister Nwodo believes that absence of moral education in school curricula is the cause of most ills that now pervade the society.

According to her, “in place of National Curriculum on education, what they have is now is Religion and National Value and if you don’t have moral education as a course, it will not have value.

For that reason, among other things, participants in the conference will see how to bridge religious bigotry that is eating up the nation;

Ensure that codes of conduct of every religion is adhered to as no religion abhors moral;

Create an enabling environment where every individual can thrive as the conference will strive to de-emphasize anything that will divide the people;

And to develop the passion for moral education.

Sister Nwodo; a theologian and educationist said she developed passion for moral education when she was appointed director of religious education of the Catholic Diocese of Onitsha in 2002 and she discovered that moral education was missing in schools’ time-table.

Among those expected to present lead papers at the conference are: Director of Programme, Nomadic Education Commission, Alhaji Aliyu Ardo; Director-General, National Teachers’ Institute, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sherif, former Commissioner of Education in Anambra State, Prof. Leonard Moghalu as well as the current education commissioner Prof Kate Omenugha.