Stakeholders seek review of education curriculum for children
Stakeholders in the education sector in Nigeria have called on government to do more to ensure that the curriculum for children is reviewed to make them more God-fearing and respectable.
This was made known during the launch of 6 books, tagged "My Children Must Prosper" written by Blessing Okechukwu Ezema, a consultant with Omega Educonsults, in Abuja at the weekend.
According to the author, who is also a worker in his Church, his quest for a better formula for grooming children, inspired him to write the books.
He said government should review the curriculum for children to ensure that they are taught what they need. He added that the testing process also has to be reviewed to appreciate each child's capacity, even the teaching methodology has to benefit each child according to their capacity.
Okey said, “the manufacturer of a product determines to a large extent how that product is used. So God who has created every child has something in mind for creating them, but how do we know what purpose God has created each for? That is the biggest challenge with education worldwide, and what these books hope to correct.”
Mrs. Patience Azuekwu, an educationist, said most of the books being produced are not what our children need, she said they need books that has to do with discipline, values of life, books that would make them focus and be serious in their academics, have fear of God and respect.
While reviewing the book, Azuekwu said, "The problem we are facing in the world is the failure to nurture our children. We have been so busy chasing money and failed in that aspect.
"We have chosen to relegate the responsibility of nurturing our children to house helps and maids. A lot is expected from the family, government, and society.
"The power of prayers, cannot be overemphasized, we cannot be too busy and forget to pray for our children. We have to pray for our family. We should know that prayer is the key.
"We must be conscious of our actions, because most of what the children learn are what they see us do."
Ogechi Eze, one of the book reviewers, said children are the most vulnerable in our society today, and the book urges parents to praying for their children and enrol them in good schools to succeed.
She said, "Let no negative word come out of our mouths on our children. Diligent study of the word of God. Praying with confidence in God.
She said teachers play a significant role in the lives of children and they need to be careful because they are destiny builders. The book reveals the power of prayers in the development of successful children.