New mod­ule to add “on­line safety” in cur­ricu­lum

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Judd-Leonard Okafor

Ex­perts met on Wed­nes­day to draft a stand­alone mod­ule to in­tro­duce on­line safety in school cur­ricu­lum.

The Nige­rian Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (NERDC), re­spon­si­ble for cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment, and the Pub­lic and Pri­vate Devel­op­ment Cen­tre (PPDC) with sup­port from Google, be­gan de­vel­op­ing the draft in the first quar­ter of 2018. The part­ner­ship was for­malised only last week. The ad­di­tion to school cur­ricu­lum aims to teach chil­dren this ba­sics of dig­i­tal safety, mak­ing them “safe, con­fi­dent ex­plor­ers of the on­line world,” said PPDC in a state­ment.

PPDC is a ci­ti­zens sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tion push­ing for in­creased ci­ti­zens par­tic­i­pa­tion in gover­nance through its Dig­i­tal In­clu­sion and Safer In­ter­net pro­gramme.

NERDC ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Is­mail Ju­naidu called the stand­alone ex­pected as im­per­a­tive to help­ing young peo­ple thrive in a dig­i­tal era, in­sist­ing it would en­sure “ev­ery Nige­rian child gains knowl­edge on how to be re­spon­si­ble and safe in the on­line world.”

“The adop­tion of on­line safety in the Nige­rian cur­ricu­lum would en­able our chil­dren to be re­spon­si­ble dig­i­tal ci­ti­zens who use the in­ter­net for so­cio-eco­nomic good,” said PPDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nkemdilim Ilo.

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