The importance of Citizenship Education
Here in this post, we are going to discuss the importance of citizenship education in Nigeria. We hope you find this article highly informative.
In a politically organized human society known as the state, the citizens play a major role in the democratic, social, economic, political, and development process of the state or nation.
A citizen is a recognized member of a society, state or nation and as such holds the key to participate actively in the democratic process of the state or nation that brings about good governance.
This article’s keyword, citizenship, refers to the condition of being a citizen of a country, which confers certain rights on the holder while also imposing certain duties and obligations on the citizen to be fulfilled for the country. It also includes a condition of identification, the exercise of obligations, the possession of rights, and their enjoyment.
What is citizenship Education?
Citizenship education is a process or an act involving the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills, attitudes and values in the conduct of the affairs in a state or nation, with the intention of enabling the youths to function effectively as citizens of the state at different levels which includes the state level, national level and international level.
The goal of citizenship education is to equip young people with the social responsibility necessary to address the nation’s growing difficulties. Additionally, it fosters nationalism and patriotism in young people.
Youths and citizens in general are taught about their fundamental rights and how to exercise those rights effectively without suffering unjustified political or social deprivation through citizenship education.
A citizen’s rights free them from societal or political oppression, which makes it possible for them to live happily in a state or country.
It improves the lives of the citizens by exposing them to the benefits they stand to gain when they contribute greatly to the democracy of the state or nation.
You may also find this informative: Components of Civic Education
The Importance Of Citizenship Education
1. It Enhances Human Development:By educating citizens and adolescents about the importance of contributing their fair share to matters of national importance that would promote national development, citizenship education instills in them the belief that they hold the key to a brighter future.
As it imparts the virtues necessary to be a good citizen of a state or country, it advances human growth.
2. It Fosters Political Socialization:Citizenship education upholds ideals that help citizens define their identities and model appropriate behavior in the political and economic institutions they live in.
Citizenship education fosters political socialization in the sense that it influences youths and citizen’s political values and beliefs and have an effect on their political knowledge, identification, efficacy, and participation in the affairs of the state or nation.
3. It Ensures Political Stability: Citizenship education instills in people the desire to prevent political apathy as well as the societal political norms and ideals, especially in younger citizens.
The information they learn from the presentation helps people to form the kind of political orientation, patriotic attitudes, and national consciousness that are necessary for political stability.
The interrelationship of good leadership and followership ensures political stability in which citizenship education creates awareness.
4. It Promotes National Development: The term “national development” refers to economic growth that is sustainable in nature, meaning that it uses resources in a way that meets human needs while also protecting the environment for future generations.
Citizenship education cultivates upright individuals who contribute their fair share to the democratic and development processes of a state or nation, bringing about meaningful progress in a society, state, or country.