According to a reputed source, about 20 different countries under the African continent underwent a thorough investigation where it was found that 6% of the total population in Africa comprised nomadic people. These nomads were involved in such challenging lifestyles that the African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded Nomadic Centre decided to bring an end to them and get the nomads involved into formal education so that they can get themselves busy in accomplishing tedious jobs across different towns and cities.
There were around 50 million nomadic people that were categorised into 3 major groups – migrant fishing folks, farmers and pastoralists, and they were all found to share a common lifestyle. Continuously obstructing grazing paths, shrinking grazing lands, rising tension between nomadic and sedentary communities, and enhancing banditry were their typical lifestyles. Witnessing such typical lifestyles of the nomads, Nigeria’s the State of Kaduna has taken the initiative to look after two hundred and fifty eight nomadic schools.
Located not less than 26 kilometres from the city of Kaduna, the AfDB-funded Nomadic Centre has been recognised by Nigeria’s Federal Government as an effective project that will respond well to their initiative to reduce poverty as well as to stretch access to education and basic vocation skills.
It was moreover noted that out of over 9 million Nomadic people in Nigeria, almost 3 million comprised school children. Owing to their declining literacy and enrolment rates, numerous development agencies operating on a global basis including AfDB will now be offering adequate support for children. National Commission of Nomadic Education’s current Executive Secretary, Malam Ibrahima Yamta said that the project will be making way to a socio-cultural voyage bringing positive effects in the lives of numerous Nigerians.
Yamta moreover said that the project will also be playing a key role in bringing formal education to the nomadic children and will also assist them to preserve their conventional way of life. The students by moving from one school to another will be allowed to attend classes in a school for just a few months.
As per Yamta, it’s a splendid alternative on behalf of the AfDB since they have stepped in the right time to take positive actions for Nigeria’s nomadic education system. In fact the project components comprising vocational training and adult education services have enhanced the overall living standard of Kaduna’s rural community.
Besides, the Nigerian government has also introduced part-time education in the tertiary institutions in Nigeria. In fact, the introduction of the programme was in fact welcomed by numerous Nigerians that also included stakeholders of the education sector. This big step has been rather taken to break the inequality in education catalysing global illiteracy.
The Nigerians who have always wanted to receive quality education for career betterment expressed relief when they came to hear that the National Universities Commission would suspend all part-time courses in each and every university across the federation. This is because a lot of people fail to realise the value of being an undergraduate and they also believe that tertiary education certificates can be obtained out of money.