Toward Human Rights Education in Nigerian Primary and Secondary Schools.

Monday, 11 July 2016: 11:30
Location: Hörsaal 41 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Oluyemi FAYOMI, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
Daisy NWAOZUZU, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
This paper discusses and interrogates the need to integrate of human rights education in the curricular of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. Nigeria is signatory to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, a veritable platform on which freedom from political slavery was given to not a few modern nations especially from the time the World War II came to an end in 1945.  Although, human rights education is a sensitive subject because of its centrality to development in the 21st Century but towards the middle of 20th century, the  United Nations General Assembly at a meeting held in Paris, France in 1948, adopted Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In its preamble, Article 26 of UDHR emphasizes that the need for individual to acquire education which will be directed to the full development of human dignity. The treaty is meant to protect the poor and the less privileged against the oppression, despotic rule, partial and total denial of a person’s fundamental rights to life, dignity, education and worship. Thus, the rights to education and teaching of human rights education are intertwined with each other.it should be emphasized that there should be no obstruction towards these rights that are statutorily considered inalienable rights. This study will utilize both qualitative and quantitative methods of enquiry to ascertain the extent of integration of human rights education into the curricula of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. Private and public primary and secondary schools shall be selected during the survey. Questionnaires shall be administered and structured and unstructured interviews shall be conducted. The study concludes by recommending the training and re-training of teachers and other education personnel who are responsible for dissemination of information, curriculum development amongst others.