The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) in partnership with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), an NGO has began the review of teacher’s guide to support the teaching of online safety curriculum in Nigerian schools.
The Executive Secretary, NERDC, Prof. Ismail Junaidu said in Maraba on Monday at a workshop, said the review was necessary to ensure the effective teaching of the curriculum.
Junaidu, who was represented by Dr Nnenna Eleri, Director, Library and Informatics Centre in the council noted that teachers needed assistance on how to teach and implement the online safety in order to achieve the intended outcomes.
“NERDC has been working with PPDC with support from Google in a project aimed at providing online safety education for Nigerian School children.
” Between December 5, 2018 and May 4, 2019, we have successfully developed an online safety curriculum for the teaching of online safety in Nigerian schools.
” In line with our material development processes, we are here to develop a teacher’s guide to support teachers in the teaching of online safety in Nigerian schools.”
Junaidu, however, reaffirmed the council’s commitment to introduce the curriculum into Nigerian primary and secondary schools.
Meanwhile, Mrs Nkemdikim Ilo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PPDC noted that the development of the curriculum would inspire young Nigerians to harness their enthusiasm and creativity while supporting them to build positive online experiences for everyone.
Ilo, who was represented by Mrs Mbanan Mku, Communication Lead, PPDC, said the essence of the workshop was to make sure every Nigerian Child feel equipped and empowered to make positive decisions when interacting online.
Similarly, Dr Grace Ajagun, Deputy Director, Policy and Programmes, NERDC said the development of the curriculum was to infuse the teaching in other subjects.
Ajagun said the online safety course was not to be a stand-alone subject but it would be infused into carrier subjects.
” We are not increasing the subject on the timetable. We know parents are also worried about the increasing subjects.
” But the online safety will not be a stand-alone subject but we are going to infuse it into carrier subjects.
” We have identified other subjects we are going to infuse online safety, it will not only be in computer science but it will also be in computer education and computer literacy.
” The benefit will be to increase the vast knowledge of children and to get to know the increasing dangers the use of internet can pose,” she said.