The African Socio-cultural Unity and Enlightenment (ASHE) Basis has counseled the reintroduction of Historical past as a topic in faculties’ curriculum. The President, ASHE Basis, Justice Faloye, gave the commendation in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.
He mentioned that the reintroduction of the topic was once a possibility to coach the scholars at the historical past of the country that promotes our tradition of harmony and unity.
Faloye mentioned that the former Mungo Park’s Historical past curriculum was once discontinued because of it no longer being have compatibility for the prevailing day Nigeria because the main Black country on the planet. Consistent with him, the former Historical past taught in our faculties had been made up of Western and Islamic international resources and views that misrepresented our true historical past.
He mentioned that there will have to be session with all stakeholders earlier than the graduation of the topic to be sure that we don’t seem to be culturally enslaving our folks and breeding ethnic disunity. “A historical past curriculum that fails to spotlight the genetic and cultural linkages of 70 consistent with cent of the inhabitants isn’t historical past.
“A historical past that defines 70 consistent with cent of the country’s folks as Banza Bakwai (bastards) is easiest left within the dustbin than propagated to purpose ethnic disharmony. “A historical past training that imbues a racial inferiority complicated, leading to our adolescence trekking around the Sahara to seek out achievement isn’t value revamping,’’ he mentioned in a observation.
Consistent with him, not too long ago, we witnessed the general public controversy generated when His Royal Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II recounted the cultural linkages between Igbos and Yorubas. Faloye mentioned it will have to were glaring bearing in mind the truth that the 2 greatest ethno-linguistic teams had lived for tens of hundreds of years in the similar space.
He mentioned it was once an indictment of our nationwide awareness and cultural consciousness that majority, even esteemed custodians of tradition, weren’t conscious that Yorubas, Igbos, Ijaws, Igalas and Kwararafa folks percentage the similar cultural basis and identification.
He mentioned that we will have to endeavour to show the adolescence empowering, uplifting and unifying historical past. NAN experiences that ASHE was once created as a suppose tank to offer a well-articulated unique African cultural and highbrow platform by way of the paramount monarchs of the ethno-linguistic teams.
The gang mentioned that ASHE was once in accordance with the realisation that the lack of understanding of tradition and historical past was once the foundation of a couple of social issues like deficient paintings ethics, racial inferiority complicated, financial and political underdevelopment within the nation. Due to this fact, ASHE Basis has greater than a passing hobby to look Historical past reintroduced and presented correctly,’’ Faloye mentioned.