by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
A ‘Faith-Based Awareness Initiative’ has harped on “morality” as core values in the society. Stakeholders in the country have joined chorus in advocating for the need for the inclusion of morality as a course in the Nigerian curriculum.
Executive Director of Faith-Based Aids Awareness Initiative, Folorunsho Oloruntunde, made the call in Bauchi State at the opening ceremony of a 3 days’ capacity building/training session for teachers, guidance and councilors, heads and religious teachers for basic education schools from the six geo-political zones across the country.
The training session, organized by SDGs/ National Teachers Institute, NTI, for over 150 teachers from across the country had in attendance Head Teachers, Health Teachers, Guidance and Counselors from Islamic and Christian Religious Teachers In Basic Education Schools from the 36 states, including FCT, which is divided into 6 geopolitical zones of North East, North West, North Central, South East, South and South West, which held simultaneously across the country.
With the theme, ‘Quality Teachers, Healthy Nations,’ Folorunsho Oloruntunde said that “The need for inclusion of morality as a course is based on the lack of moral values in the society, especially in the education sector, and the need for the two religions to play a leading role of installing discipline in the lives of our pupils in schools.”
Oloruntunde, while applauding Director-General of Nigeria Teachers Institute, Prof Musa Garba, said the role of the institute – in shaping the knowledge of the Nigerian teachers – can only best be described as “excellence through the kinetic approach” to the laid down rules for Nigerian teachers to follow.
He appealed to the institute through the D-G to ensure the Nigerian teachers inculcate the attitude of morals in their academic value.
Prof Musa Garba, in his opening remarks, said “For any nation to make meaning development and strive hard must depend on its moral values, and that is where morality comes to play in the society and the educational system. Morality is key in reshaping the society and, as a leader it should be adhered to at all costs to improve the system in the country.”
He said steps will be taken to ensure that the issue of morality is taken into consideration, while working on the template in the education curriculum, as the institute is taking great measures in ensuring a better students-and-teachers relations in the society.
Speaking during the session, a member of the faith-based HIV initiative/core facilitator Northeast zone of the training, Mrs. Esther Daniels, disclosed that the aim of the programme was to address societal ills from the morality point of view, especially in areas of the scourge of HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 pandemic.
She said the programme equally availed them opportunities to talk to the participants on the dangers of having sex outside marriage, among other issues, stressing the need for participants to use the knowledge acquired during the training to better the lots of the society at large.
She expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation exhibited by participants and encouraged them to take advantage of the workshop by stepping down what they had gathered to their various schools in their respective states.
Participants, along with the NTI coordinator, all expressed joy over the opportunities provided them to acquire fresh knowledge, and promised to judiciously use it to better the lots of the society.