SDG BOOK CLUB AFRICAN CHAPTER

SDG Book Club African Chapter


Africa

Start: 2021-04-21
End: 2023-04-21

The SDG Book Club African Chapter aims to use books as a tool to encourage children ages 6-12 to interact with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a curated reading list of books from around the African continent related to each of the 17 SDGs in—Arabic, English, French, and Kiswahili.

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Nigeria’s Education System and The Garbage School Mantra

by Dr. Abdullahi Ismaila

Paper delivered at the panel hosted by UN SDG Book Club Africa at the Nigeria International Book Fair 2022 - 11 am, Saturday 14th May 2022

Panel Topic: How Can Literary Artists and Other Creatives Contribute to Sustainable Development and to the Sustainable Growth of the Book Sector?

Introduction

The importance of education cannot be overemphasized. Education is the bedrock of any society; without education, no meaningful progress and development can be achieved. The developed countries of the world have reached their current state of development today because of the premium they place on functional science and technology education. This is not to say that they neglect arts and humanities education; theirs is an elaborate approach to education that has resulted in the kind of progress and development they have today. This is however not the case in Nigeria. Instead of achieving progress and development with education, African countries are recording a backward movement and underdevelopment. This is because, in the case of Nigeria, the government simply pays lip service to matters of education. 

Nigeria's Education System

Nigeria currently operates a 6-3-3-4 system of education, that is, six years primary education, three years junior secondary, three years senior secondary education, and four years university education. This system was grafted from the American system of education as against the British system. Without gainsaying the facts, the 6-3-3-4 system has contributed to making Nigeria's education ineffective as students are disconnected from their previous learning thereby making them lazy and noncommittal. The system requires that pupils in primary schools as well as students in secondary and post-secondary schools do not carry forward or revisit what they learned in the previous terms or semesters as they move from one term or semester to another. As such, they simply abandon the previous terms/semesters and sessions and just move on unless they failed certain subjects/courses. 

All of these coupled with the dilapidated facilities, obsolete equipment or instructional materials on which the students/pupils are weaned and with the demotivated teaching staff complete the circle of degeneracy in Nigeria's education system. There is no doubt that this is a gloomy picture of what Nigeria's education system represents. This situation is brought about by the unwillingness of governments at all levels to fund the education sector. A cursory look at the funding pattern from 2015-to 2021 reveals a progressive downward trend. In 2015, the budgetary expenditure in the education sector was 10% of the budget but in 2021 it has come down to 5.6%. This is grossly contrary to the UN funding benchmark of 26% of the national budget and 6% of the Gross Domestic Product for education.

The Garbage School Mantra

The above picture of the sorry state of Nigeria's education system can best be described as a 'Garbage School System '. This is what the book The Garbage School projects. In the book, the pupils of a primary school are herded to farms every day by their teachers who should be guiding their studies. This is in addition to the dilapidated and poorly equipped classrooms staffed with unqualified teachers with which readers are confronted in the book. According to UNESCO, 27% of Nigeria’s teachers are unqualified. With this unconducive learning environment, the future of the pupils is in jeopardy. Fortunately, the pupils themselves rise to the occasion to demand better and quality education by revolting against the teachers.

This story is intended to awaken the consciousness of the entire society to the menace that is threatening the future of our young ones and the sustainability of education generally.

Conclusion 

In terms of the sociology of education, it is argued that “the purpose of education should be to develop every individual to their full potential and give them a chance to achieve as much in life as their natural abilities allow”. Education is meant to enable individuals to overcome handicaps, achieve greater equality, and acquire wealth and social status. Therefore, education is seen as a ‘place where children can develop according to their unique needs and potentials’. To sustain education, quality must be ensured at all levels but especially at the basic level. It is only when this is made possible that the future of our young ones can be secured. Similarly, the government must stop paying lip service to education by making sure it provides adequate funding for the sector. 

 

Abdullahi Ismaila has written a screenplay of his novel. Watch the excellent screen adaptation of The Garbage School on NOLIXX TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdFkQSq5khA

 

United Nations SDG Book Club African Chapter turns One !

At 6pm BST, on 22nd April 2022, Olatoun Gabi-Williams founder of Borders Literature for all Nations, a Joint-Organizer of the UN SDG Book Club Africa, delivered a status update of the Club.
 

 

At 12 noon,  Saturday 23rd April 2022, Anthea Basson, National Information Officer UNIC Windhoek, Namibia, delivered her goodwill message on behalf of the UN on the occasion of the 1st year anniversary of UN SDG Book Club Africa.

 

 

The SDG Book Club African Chapter celebrates the elevation of Rosina Sedibane Modiba, a champion black woman athlete who took Apartheid South Africa by storm. Finally, she will attain a place of global prominence alongside other unsung heroes of Apartheid South Africa. Featuring Rosina herself, this eNCA news report about “Rosina Sedibane Modiba: A Dream Denied” is a must-watch.

Hearty congratulations to Rosina's biographer, Lorato Trok and to New Africa Books - proud publisher of the SDG 5: Gender Equality book pick, “Rosina Sedibane Modiba: A Dream Denied”. Scroll down to see the rest of our selected books.

 

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 2021 

In commemoration of International Literacy Day, the SDG Book Club African Chapter asked its Ambassador Schools to reflect on the importance of literacy, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how children are adapting to the 'new normal'. In addition to these videos you can read the blog entries from each school at the following links.

Chrisland Schools Blog Entries 

Beehive School Blog Entry

 

SDG 6: Water and Sanitation English Reading Lists

Download the complete English reading list HERE

 

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Arabic and French Reading Lists

Download the complete Arabic reading list HERE

Download the complete French Reading list HERE

 

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Kiswahili Reading List

Download the complete Kiswahili reading list HERE

 

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Honorary African Language (Igbo) Reading List

 

Download the complete Igbo reading list HERE

 

SDG 5: Gender Equality Arabic and French Reading Lists

Download the complete French reading list HERE

Download the complete Arabic reading list HERE

 

SDG 5: Gender Equality Kiswahili Reading List

Download the complete Kiswahili reading list HERE

 

SDG 5: Gender Equality English Reading List

Download the complete English reading list HERE

 

SDG 4: Quality Education English Reading List

Download the complete English reading list HERE

 

SDG 4: Quality Education French and Kiswahili Reading Lists

Download the complete French reading list HERE

Download the complete Kiswahili reading list HERE

 

SDG 4: Quality Education Arabic Reading List

Download the complete Arabic Reading List HERE

 

PREVIOUS READING LISTS:

SDG 3: Good health and well-being English Reading List

Caption: Book covers of the SDG 3 English Reading List

Download the complete English Reading List here.

 

SDG 3: Good health and well-being Honorary African Language Reading List

Caption: Book cover of the SDG 3 Honorary African Language Reading List

Download the Honorary African Language Reading List here.

 

SDG 3: Good health and well-being Kiswahili Reading List

Caption: Book covers of the SDG 3 Kiswahili Reading List

Download the complete Kiswahili Reading List here.

SDG 3: Good health and well-being Arabic Reading List

Caption: Book covers of the SDG 3 Arabic Reading List

Download the complete Arabic Reading List here.

 

SDG 3: Good health and well-being French Reading List

Caption: Book covers of the SDG 3 French Reading List

Download the complete French Reading List here.

Inaugural English Reading List: SDG 1 No Poverty

SDG 1 Reading List Book Picks

Download the complete English Reading List here.

Inaugural English Reading List: SDG 2 Zero Hunger

SDG 2 Reading list Book Picks

Download the complete English Reading List here.

 

Inaugural Kiswahili Reading List: SDG 1 No Poverty

Kiswahili

Download the complete Kiswahili Reading List here

Inaugural Kiswahili Reading List: SDG 2 Zero Hunger

SDG 2 Kiswahili Reading list

Download the complete Kiswahili Reading List here.

 

Inaugural French Reading List: SDG 2 Zero Hunger

L'arbre au secret

Download the complete French Reading list here.

 

Inaugural Arabic Reading List: SDG 1 No Poverty

عربى

الهدف 1 - لا للفقر

SDG 1 Arabic

Download the complete Arabic Reading list here

Inaugural Arabic Reading List: SDG 2 Zero Hunger

الهدف 2 - القضاء على الجوع

SDG 2 Arabic

Download the complete Arabic Reading list here

 

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