Nigerian educational research and development council (NERDC)

Nigerian educational research and development council (NERDC)

Nigerian educational research and development council (NERDC)

The New 9-Year Basic Education Curriculum


Education is regarded as the vehicle for sustainable socio-economic
development and advancement . Thus, nations are reforming and
strengthening their educational system to meet their aspirations as well as
International Development Goals (IDGs).
In Nigeria, the National Council on Education (NCE) in 2005 mandated
NERDC to produce a viable curriculum to meet national and international
goals (including NEEDS, EFA & MDGs).
o NEEDS = National Economic Development and Empowerment strategy.
It encompasses
1. Value re-orientation
2. Poverty eradication
3. Job creation and wealth generation
4. Using education to empower the people 2

MDGs = Millennium Development Goals

1. Internationally agreed framework of 8 goals and 18 targets to stimulate global development
2. Launched in September 2000; benchmark period 1990 to 2015
3. 189 signatory countries (including Nigeria) are expected to create effective implementation strategies and structures for the MDGs

Goal 1: Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty
Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, and
Goal 4:Reduce Child Mortality
Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health
Goal 6: Combat HlV/AlDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

The education sector is concerned with MDGs 2, 3 & 6

1. Based on NCE directives, NERDC successfully re-structuring and realignment of the Primary and Secondary Education Curriculum for the achievement of the national and global development goals.
2. One of the products of the restructuring is the Universal Basic Education (UBE)
3. The New BEC has not only updated the old content standards, but
also introduced new subject matter and associated skill
requirements for pedagogy.

4 Goals of the 9-year Basic Education Programme

 Developing in the entire citizenry a strong consciousness for education and a strong committed to its vigorous promotion.
 Providing free and compulsory, universal basic education for every Nigerian child of school-going age.
 Reducing drastically the incidence of early leaving from the formal school system.
 Catering for the learning needs of young persons who, for one reason or another, have had to interrupt their schooling through appropriate forms of complementary approaches to the provision and promotion of basic education.
 Ensuring the acquisition of appropriate levels of literacy, numeracy, manipulative, communicative and life-skills as well as the ethical, moral and civic values for laying a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

Philosophy of the BEC

The philosophy of the curriculum is that every learner who has
gone through 9-years of basic education should have acquired
appropriate levels of literacy, numeracy, manipulative and life
skills; as well as the ethical, moral, and civic values needed for
laying a solid foundation for life long – learning as a basic for
scientific and reflective thinking.

Basic Education Curriculum Structure

 The 9-year basic education curriculum is structured in three levels:

  1. Lower Basic Education (Primary 1-3)
  2. Middle Basic Education (Primary 4-6)
  3. Upper Basic Education (JSS1-3)
    boration with the NERDC in organizing
    sensitization/training workshop for teachers
Nigerian educational research and development council (NERDC)
Nigerian educational research and development council (NERDC)

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