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Title:Rethinking the religious education curricula in Nigerian schools
Author:Jawoniyi, OduntanISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion
Volume:22
Issue:2
Pages:63-86
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:religious education
curriculum
freedom of religion
Abstract:This article traces the historical background to the polarized religious education (RE) curricula in Nigerian primary and secondary schools, highlighting some postcolonial interventions and backlashes. Using regional treaties and international human rights frameworks, the article considers the probable justifications for deploying the confessional model of RE, accentuating the possible violations of the principles of religious freedom necessitated by the deployment of the confessional pedagogical model in Nigeria's publicly funded schools. In consonance with contemporary trends in RE in Europe, Australia, Canada and South Africa, to mention a few, the article advocates the substitution of the currently deployed confessional, monoreligious education curricula with a non-confessional, multifaith RE curriculum. In emphasizing the potential benefits of non-confessional, multifaith RE, the article highlights how this model of RE respects, protects and fulfills the rights of the child which are unequivocally articulated in regional treaties and international human rights law. The article finally draws attention to strategies requisite for implementing non-confessional, multifaith RE in Nigeria's publicly funded primary and secondary schools. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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