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Group advocates inclusion of parenting practices in school curricula – The Sun Nigeria

By Johnson Adebowale

As a way to fill the knowledge and skills gaps of young adults who are the next set of parents, a non-governmental organization, A Mother’s Love Initiative (AMLi), has called for the inclusion of parenting practices in the school curriculum , to be taught at higher education levels.

AMLi’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Hanatu Enwemadu, made the call in a statement to commemorate this year’s Day of the African Child, themed “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress in Policy and of practice since 2013”.

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Since June 16, 1991, the Day of the African Child, first initiated by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), has been celebrated every year in honor of those who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976 that day.

Acting for the new school curriculum, Enwemadu pointed out that school systems need to be overhauled, to accommodate the concept of play; reduce unhealthy competition and promote positive social and psychological capital from early childhood through higher education.

Enwemadu, whose organization campaigns against the “hurried child syndrome”, recommended that the psychological assessment and diagnosis of stress in children be a key indicator in the admission process to primary and secondary schools and needs to be implemented in private and public educational institutions in Nigeria.

She said, “Nigeria’s education policy needs to be reviewed to ensure that punitive measures are meted out to individuals or schools that engage in harmful practices, including rushing activities into the school system for boys and girls. girls.

“Government inspectors in the field of quality assurance in education should visit schools to ensure that classroom management and school activities are designed to reduce stressors in the process of ‘learning.

“Nigerian education policy must ensure that the school system should make play-based learning at the early childhood level and extra-curricular activities at the secondary level are made compulsory to improve the quality of school life. “

Enwemadu, a lawyer, noted that the The goal of eliminating harmful practices is an arduous task that requires the collective voice of all well-meaning Africans.

She stressed the need to seek legal actions that would ensure that certain policies and practices are implemented while advocacy is underway, and urged the government to establish post-marital counseling clinics in each local government area. , while workplace policies need to be further revised, to reduce parenting stress, encourage inclusive and balanced parenting among today’s children, and reduce underage children’s desire for employment.

According to her, “The African child should be provided with a dedicated and accessible platform or channels in every local and state government to facilitate sharing of information with experts when faced with a challenge during their journey. development”.

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