Human trafficking education to be taught in Nigerian schools

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[Nassarawa] The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that it has completed the process of infusing Trafficking in Persons, TIP, issues into the basic and senior secondary curricula.

Prof. Ismail Junaidu

This was disclosed on in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, by Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, ERDC, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, during the opening ceremony of the workshop for the Development of Teachers’ Guide for the mainstreaming of TIP into basic and secondary school curricula.

He explained that the burning desire to eradicate human trafficking in Nigeria led the government to the idea of infusing TIP issues into the school curriculum.

“A draft teacher’s guide that will help in implementing the infused TIP issues has also been produced for each of the carrier subjects,” the NERDC boss said.

He stated that English Studies, Religion, Social Studies, Civic Education, Security Education, Technology, Physical Education and Health Education would be the carrier subjects for TIP in basic education level; while in senior secondary education, TIP would be infused in English Language, Civic Education, Government and Health Education.

Also in his remarks, the NERDC’s director of research Dr Eric Apeji affirmed federal government’s resolve to tackle issue of human trafficking from Nigeria through the education and awareness creation, assuring that the teaching of TIP would undoubtedly begin in September.

“If from the primary or secondary school, a Nigerian has been taught the evil of human trafficking she will grow up to know this and nobody can deceive her to be trafficked,” Eric said.

Prof. Junaidu added that the infusion was done in collaboration with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, ICMPD, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters, NAPTIP.

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