Friday 20th October, 2017
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Herdsmen/farmers' conflicts threaten Nomadic Education in S/East

Herdsmen/farmers' conflicts threaten Nomadic Education in S/East

The National Commis­sion for Nomadic Ed­ucation, Kaduna has raised the alarm over the mounting level of insecurity in the South East zone.

It said that the frequent bloody clashes existing be­tween the herdsmen and the farmers in their host communities in the zone were the major setbacks in the enrolment of students in the nomadic schools in the areas.

This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof Bashir Haruna Usman, at a 5-day teachers training workshop for nomadic teachers on the use of Curriculum Guides, Records Keeping, Guidance & Counselling and Multi­grade Teaching Techniques in the South East held in Anam­bra State.

Prof Usman, represented by the Commission’s Direc­tor, Social Mobilisation and Outreach, Mohammed El-Nafaty, added that kidnap­ping and other social vices being perpetuated in the zone has hindered the efforts of the Commission to ensure that nomads get the best educa­tion for self-development.

“The Commission is par­ticularly worried about the state of affairs in the South East zone which is informed by the heightening levels of insecurity challenges relating to conflict between farmers and pastoralists, kidnapping and other social vices in the zone”, he lamented.

“However, the teacher productivity is always tied to intrinsic motivation which suggests that teach­ers’ welfare must be en­hanced, particularly those in the nomadic schools. However, the Commission is also trying to explore oth­er opportunities in collabo­ration with states and local governments to improve the teaching and learning environment in nomadic schools.”

In his speech, the state governor, Willie Obiano, represented by his Com­missioner for Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, said that despite those aforesaid challenges, the state has stood out from the crowd to record significant enrolment of no­mads in the schools estab­lished in the states.