| The Campus Chatroom | Heterogeneity And Multicultural Education | Hosted by Ogechukwu Peace Egwuatu |
As time goes on, Nigerian higher institutions draw closer to being regional schools. The level of cultural diversity among students reduces with each admission process. This is a dangerous trend given the current situation in Nigeria. Although the presence of people belonging to different ethnic and religious groups in a class can be problematic conceptually, heterogeneity is very important especially in higher institutions. Nigeria is a multi-ethnic country struggling tribalism and religious intolerance. The school is a model for the society: an environment where students receive training modelling the culturally diverse and interdependent world. However if higher institutions fail to expose their students to a multi-ethnic society, they have failed to fully equip their students to be better citizens of Nigeria. Students can learn to tolerate and understand others. They learn from the diversity and become more open-minded which in turn leads to national and international peace. As such, it is important for schools to adopt multicultural education. Gloria M. Ameny-Dixon summarizes why multicultural education should be promoted in and why it is more important in higher education now than ever.
The Need For Multicultural Education
1. Multicultural education increases productivity because a variety of mental resources are available for completing the same tasks and it promotes cognitive and moral growth among all people.
2. Multicultural education increases creative problem-solving skills through the different perspectives applied to same problems to reach solutions.
3. Multicultural education increases positive relationships through achievement of common goals, respect, appreciation, and commitment to equality among the intellectuals at institutions of higher education.
4. Multicultural education decreases stereotyping and prejudice through direct contact and interactions among diverse individuals.
5. Multicultural education renews vitality of society through the richness of the different cultures of its members and fosters development of a broader and more sophisticated view of the world.
Getting Multiculturalism Into The Process
Elena Yurievna Petrova lists some ways of bringing multiculturalism into the educational process:
- Inviting foreign professors to teach
- Welcoming foreign students into your classroom
- Organizing cultural events and celebrations around certain cultures
- Holding international (summer) schools
- Arranging online discussion among students from all over the world
When in Rome, act like the Romans shouldn’t be the motto in higher institutions. As much as the students may have to conform a bit to relate well with the locals, students should be encouraged to fully embrace their ethnicity with no sense of ethnocentrism or inferiority. They should be encouraged to understand the differences and appreciate the beauty in diversity.
Which other ways can higher institutions encourage heterogeneity?
Please share your views with us.
The Campus Chatroom
Welcome to the “The Campus Chatroom” with the Face of Parlizia 2018 – Peace Egwuatu. It’s time to project life on our campuses – our youth, their work, their dreams and ambitions to the world. Come and tell the world your story, yourself.
“The Campus Chatroom” is hosted by the Face of Parlizia as one of the ambassadorial functions during the year of reign. The Face of Parlizia is an online leadership pageant for young, hardworking Nigerians in tertiary institutions. The pageant aims to inspire the youth and arouse their interest in leadership. The 2018 maiden edition was concluded on March 20, 2018.
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