Don advocates introduction of peace education in school curriculum

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AWKA – Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, a Professor English Language at the University of Lagos, has advocated  the introduction of  peace education in the nation’s school curriculum.

Ezeigbo made the call on Saturday at the third edition of a colloquium held at  a resource centre in Awka in honour of the late  poet and literary scholar, Prof. Ezenwa Ohaeto.

The professor of English spoke on the topic:  “Human Rights, Citizenship, Culture, Women Empowerment and Peace Education in Nigeria.”

She contended that peace education could come in handy in addressing the  major challenges facing the country.

“Peace education is the type of education that will raise in the child about the issues of tolerance, humane feelings, working for peace rather than  violence and strategising on issues of conflict resolution.

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“It should be enshrined in the curriculum from primary to tertiary institutions.

“Apart from introducing it into the school system, it should also be encouraged and practiced at homes, in governance, markets and religious places and town unions,” Ezenwa said.

Earlier in an address of  welcome,  the Chairman of the occasion, Mr Odia Ofeimun, had  lauded the founders of the  resource centre.
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Ofeimun noted that Anambra was a gateway for African literature because  renowned African writers like , Christopher Okigbo and Prof. Chukwuemeka had roots there.

“Literary endowment should not be allowed to waste or die,  rather the state government should strive to create monuments to celebrate the literary icons found in the cultural environment of the state,” he said.

In his remarks, Gov. Willie of Anambra,  who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Education, Dr Paul Ifeanyi, said that his administration was passionate about the education sector.

Obiano promised to encourage the of the published books of the bi-annual colloquium in schools across the state.

Dr Ngozi Ezenwa-Ohaeto, the wife of  the late scholar, said that the centre was established to encourage creative writing and revive  reading culture among children.

Ohaeto, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the centre, however, appealed to the state government and public spirited individuals to appreciate and support the youths.

She disclosed that the centre plans to literary competitions  for secondary schools  in the state soon.

The occasion was also attended by  Sen.  Chris Ngige, Sen.  Andy Uba as well as the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku.  (NAN)