UNESCO advocates integration of cultural practices into Nigeria’s academic curriculum

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s Institute for African Culture and International Understanding (IACIU) has stressed the need to incorporate cultural practices into Nigeria’s academic curriculum.

The institute made the remark during its workshop held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, with the theme ‘Education through Culture 2.0.’

Director of the institute, Professor Emeritus Peter Okebukola disclosed that education through culture is a cornerstone of a well-rounded education.

He noted that the workshop was designed to educate and enlighten Nigerians on the importance of using the country’s diverse cultures to educate and change the negative views of non-Africans about Africa.

“We can use our culture to equip students with skills that are invaluable in the workforce,” he stated.

He said: “Understanding different cultures is essential for effective communication and collaboration, making individuals more competitive and adaptable in a multicultural environment.

“It not only preserves cultural heritage but also instills vital life skills, promotes inclusivity, and helps prepare students for the challenges of an interconnected world. By valuing and incorporating culture in education, we create a more enriched and harmonious society.

“It is in this respect, that the institute has taken it upon itself to continue to educate and train individuals in all fields irrespective of their cultural backgrounds without any form of discrimination or segregation, as we know that culture is all-comprehensible and the 2005 convention advocates for cultural equality.”

The facilitator of the programme, Mr Sunday Akinrotimi, further pointed out the pivotal roles education has played in enhancing cross-cultural understanding and promotion of African art, music, and literature on the global stage.

He also emphasised that through education, the diverse cultures of Nigeria can be passed on to younger generations.


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