Civic Education as a Tool for Nation Building in Nigeria

Abstract:

This pa per exam ines the need for civic ed ucation in N igeria, a nd discu sse s civic e d uca tio n as a too l fo r n ation bu ild ing . The pa p er also h ig h lig hts th e fa cto rs th a t imp e de effective n ation bu ild ing in N ig e ria , a s w ell a s th e n e ed fo r civic tra inin g a s a m e a ns of ach ie vin g n a tio na l in teg ration an d n ation bu ildin g in N ig e ria . Th e m eth od s a n d m ate ria ls tha t could be used to teach some identified civic education concepts within and outside the formal school system such as the use o f co llab orative an d pa rticip ato ry a pp ro ache s in the tea ch in g of civic concepts in Nigerian schools, and the needs to create form al an d n o n-fo rm a l civic a nd le a de rsh ip train in g fo ru m are some of the suggestions raised in the paper.