Current Challenges and Strategies for Transforming Basic Education for National Development by Umar F. Mohammed(PhD) National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP. Introduction.
Current Challenges and Strategies for Transforming Basic Education for National Development byUmar F. Mohammed(PhD)National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP
Education is the most important factor that determines the success of human existence in this universe. It is a barometer for the measuring the economic success of a nation and the engine for civilisation. It is the oldest human venture that has existed since the creation of the universe. The pursuit for knowledge has been the greatest and oldest endeavour ever made by humanity.
Education is a quality that differentiate an animal from a human, a civilised person from an uncivilised person and an illiterate from a literate.
Also education is the instrument that distinguishes a civilised country from an uncivilised country, the developed nations from the undeveloped nations and is the implement by which stronger nations dictate their policies to the weaker nations.
As such, if Nigeria is to register herself among the committee of civilised and rich nations then, education is the Key.
Education is the process of acquiring knowledge hitherto unknown to a person and the development of a system to use that knowledge positively for the advancement of the immediate society and humanity as a whole.
Also education is defined as:
The wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something. Education requires instruction of some sort from an individual or composed literature (business dictionary)
Formal and Informal
Currently, the Nigerian basic education structure consist of a 9 year study program under the 6,3,3,4 Nigerian system of education. It means a child is expected to commence his primary education at the age of six (6) years and would spend a maximum of six (6) years in the primary school before proceeding to spent 3 years at the junior secondary school. He then proceeds to spend another 3 years at the senior secondary school before going to the university or polytechnic or college of education.
Meaning of Primary School Curriculum
The curriculum is presented in seven areas, some of which are further subdivided into subjects. These are:
3. Cultural and Creative Arts (CCA)
4. One Nigerian Language
5. Basic Science and Technology (BST)
i. Basic Science
ii. Basic Technology
iii. Physical &Health
iv. Information Technology
6. Pre- Vocational Studies, PVS – to be introduced from Primary 4
i. Home Economics
7. Religion and National Values, RNV
i. Christian Religious Studies
ii. Islamic Studies,
iii. Social Studies,
iv. Civic Education
v. security Education
8. French – to be introduced from Primary 4
9. Business Studies/Entrepreneurship, BSE – to be introduced in JSS1)
10. Arabic (Optional)
Brief history of NOTAP
It is a corporate body with the following mandates:
In 1992, the name of the Office was changed to National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) by Decree
No. 82 of 1992 now referred to as NOTAP Act cap 268 LFN 1994. This was to ensure that the name adequately reflects the entire functions of the Office and to also remove any ambiguity or misconception that may arise in relation to any other Government agency.
VISION OF NOTAP: To move Nigeria from the periphery to the dominant centre of global industrial power structure within the shortest possible time and make her a major global power house of the 21st Century through an efficient Technology Acquisition Strategy and a vibrant innovation and R&D commercialization programme.
The programme is a fall out of the technology storyboard initiative. It consist of production of series of children science and technology story books and is part of a program to reverse the worrying trend of growing disinterest in science and technology subjects among children which portends to a very serious problem in the future for the socioeconomic development of Nigeria.
The series uses the imagery and simplicity of traditional children folktales stories in communicating different areas of science and technology of products manufactured by companies to children in a way that makes learning science and technology very exciting.
The word Allo is a Hausa word and it means blackboard or writing material.
The Allo is an Islamic learning art/tool which has been in existence many centuries ago to propagate islamic knowledge. The qur’anic text is normally written on the board using local ink produced from either charcoal or leaves of trees. The digitalised Allo is an innovative instrument that combines the Allo and a digital ipad computer developed to modernise the process of impacting islamic knowledge by using digital instrument.
The Major objectives of the innovation are
The NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF) is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) platform designed to create indigenous critical technological competences of elite applied knowledge workers in Nigeria through special PhD programmes tenable in Nigerian Universities. The support is for a maximum period of 4 years to be jointly implemented by NOTAP and Industry.
The objectives are :
The economic transformation of any nation is a completely
reliant on the education posses by its citizen. Education is the pillar to the development of a nation.
We should know that if we want to leave a sustainable legacy that will make our children to be proud of us we must give then the quality education that will be useful to them.
Our natural resources, which we have been exploiting since independence have failed to deliver us from the bondage of poverty and misery. Our only hope is education.
In line with the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President he should focused more attention to the Education Agenda.