THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
ISSN: 0331-4111 e-ISSN: 2736-075X
Volume 18, No. 1, June 2020
Institutionalising Peace Education for Social Inclusiveness in Nigeria
Funmilayo I. Agbaje
Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
The need for peace education has grown exponentially as the incidence of conflicts has become more dramatic and prevalent in all its various dimensions in Nigeria.Impecunity, illiteracy, violation of human rights and religious intolerance are some of the challenges facing peace education in Nigeria. Against this background, the complexities of the cultural and contextual requirements for peace education require further review and elaboration for proper elucidation of its attendant skills, channels, and instruments. The effectiveness of the act of studying and practicing peace depends on the recognition and understanding of the specific cultural context of application. The analysis of local approaches, especially African peace practices, is a prerequisite for a successful peace education in Nigeria. This paper traces elements of continuity and change in four key institutions that have survived years of usage from the past to the present, in formal and non-formal terrains, among youth and adults, namely, the family, religion, education, and tradition.
Keywords: Institution, peace education, social inclusiveness, Nigeria