Nigerian History: The Next General Studies Course?

The Campus Chatroom | Nigerian History: The Next General Studies Course? | Hosted by Ogechukwu Peace Egwuatu |

It is said that “he who controls the past controls the future”. So, anyone who doesn’t know his history will likely end up being a spectator in the game of life. Such seems to be the case in Nigeria. The average student has just an inkling of Nigerian history. History can rarely be found in primary and secondary schools and students who are not involved in the discipline would probably never encounter it in higher institutions. The lack of knowledge of Nigerian history by her youths is a great problem and though it may not seem very obvious, it still reflects in the life and attitude of the youths.

Many general studies programs have been introduced to higher institutions. Nowadays students study peace and conflict, natural science, logic and philosophy, English and so on, even though their courses of study are in no way related to these. Should history also be added to these? One would have to consider the importance of history that it should be given a place in the school of general studies. The study of history helps one to avoid repeating mistakes that have been made in the past thereby making one become more efficient in decision making and leading to progress and development. It helps us to understand our past in turn giving us a better understanding of the present and will increase intercultural awareness, understanding and tolerance. It also enables one to enhance his critical thinking and writing skills. As such, the study of history would not just grant Nigerians knowledge but also improve our intellectual skills.

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It is very important that every citizen knows not only Nigerian history, but world history as well. However, is the solution to introduce it into general studies in higher institutions? Or should it remain confined to primary and secondary schools? Is there another way that Nigerian history can become common knowledge to all her citizens?

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