Monday, 16 July 2012

A Free Scheme of Work for Primary and Secondary Schools

Preface
On July 10, 2012 I wrote an article entitled New generation, new society, new Nigeria. I was really humbled by the responses I received from different individuals. The responses came from different segments of the society. From Muslims to Christians, students, friends, policy makers etc. This strengthened my believe that people generally want something good for Nigeria.
But I also believe that the responsibility of making Nigeria a better place is not the responsibility of government alone. It is an obligation on each and every one of us. The article in question actually started as an informal discussion on Sunday 8th July, 2012 at Mera Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne. We were attending an African Food Fun Fair in support of orphans in Nigeria organised by the wives of the members of Nigeria Muslim Forum, UK, Newcastle branch. We were having a discussion with Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, chairman of the Kano State Council of Ulama, and members of the NMF (UK) Newcastle chapter, when I informally suggested that for Nigeria to be good, we must have a long term approach by inculcating the values we need to see leading our lives in the younger generation. This is something that has to start in our schools, otherwise we will just be making noise.
In the evening after the event, Shekh Ibrahim Khalil suggested if I can write something about this idea, so that it can be used in our schools, and I told him insha Allah the weekly column which I write for Premium Times, and Blueprint Newspapers will be on that topic. After writing the article I continued to receive suggestions and words of encouragement. This is what informed the decision to convert that newspaper article into a teaching scheme of work so that teachers can break it down into their syllabus and use it for teaching purposes. I intend to distribute it free to our primary and secondary schools. The management of the schools can decide under which subject to teach it. They can also modify it to suit their needs. This is just a general guide. I pray to Almighty Allah to accept this work, and include it in the scale of our good deeds. If you happen to come across this scheme of work, kindly contribute also by giving it to the school in your neighbourhood.  If you can afford, print copies and distribute in schools.
If you are already a teacher, please think of the way you can use your skills to imbibe these qualities in your students. The journey of a thousand miles, start with a step, do what you can at your own level.
Thank you
Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u
Newcastle upon Tyne  
22nd Shaaban 1433=12th July 2012

Aims and objectives
  1. To prepare Nigerian youths on how to become responsible citizens in the future 
  2. To teach the younger generation basic etiquettes needed for the emergence of a responsible society
  3. To practically demonstrate to the students the effect of bad behaviour and how that reflects on the larger society
  4. To prepare the youth into responsible adulthood so that they can become exemplary members of society
  5. To inculcate those values like obeying traffic rules, selflessness, and respect for rules and procedure so that they  grow with them
  6. To make the youth understand that the quality of the younger generation will determine the success of that society
  7. To make the youth understand that addressing the needs of fellow human beings is a way of securing the pleasure of God.
Learning outcome
  1. Practically learn the basics of hygiene such as washing hands after toilet, speaking with respect and selflessness
  2. Learn those attributes like self esteem, respecting elders, sympathy and the importance of charitable work
  3. Become disciplined in whatever they do and recognise merit over favouritism
  4. Understand the value of knowledge and how it can guide the individual into a purposeful life
  5. Demonstrate leadership qualities and love for justice ,  community cohesion and voluntary service
  6. Learn the effect of breaking the law and assisting others to be responsible citizens
  7. Understand the value of human life and that saving it from harm is like saving the entire humanity

Teaching strategy
  1. Dedicating at least two hours per week depending on the level (s) to teach this course
  2. Invite  healthcare officials to schools to teach the pupils/students the importance of hygiene and its effect
  3. Use videos, games, competitions to demonstrate the values enumerated
  4. Organise special sessions in schools by inviting Road Safety Officials, the Police and other law enforcement agents to demonstrate to students the imperative of respecting the law and the consequence of breaking it
  5. Introduce prizes at each level for the best student in the course
  6. Organising trips to hospitals, orphanages, villages and other places where pupils/students can appreciate how lucky they are in life
  7. Asking students to write essays, poems, short stories on how they can make the society a  better place for everyone


Primary school

Primary  1-3
  1. Basics of hygiene
  2. Speech etiquette
  3. Self confidence
  4. Queuing culture
  5. Traffic rules 
Primary 4-6
  1. Respecting parents
  2. Valuing neighbours
  3. Community engagement
  4. Charitable work
  5. Voluntary service 
Secondary School

JSS 1-3
  1. Dignity of labour/entrepreneurship
  2. Self reliance
  3. Recognition of merit
  4. The essence of knowledge
  5. Assisting the underprivileged

SS 1-3
  1. Valuing human life
  2. Honesty and transparency
  3. Social justice
  4. Abhorrence for corruption
  5. The family as the most important unit of society.

Assessment/review
  1. For primary 1-3: the teacher should have a log book indicating how the pupil (s) respond to the subject using a grading system to be decided by the school
  2. Primary 4-6: Write short stories, essays, drama and poetry
  3. Junior Secondary School:  Giving presentation in class on how to help the community. The presentation should outline what he intends to achieve
  4. Senior Secondary school: community projects: there should be a week dedicated to the course. Each student should select a community project like teaching in schools, raising funds to support the underprivileged, organising the youth in the community to clear waste, voluntary lessons in his neighbourhood etc and submit a short report on what he has learnt from the project.
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4 comments:

  1. Best Salaams, Mall. Jameel,

    Thanks a lot for this blog generally and the excellent piece above. I see this as an intelligible brief and reference point for professionals in the education sector, but also for parents too at home. However, I became a bit worried that what we lack in Nigeria are not the intellectuals like you, and not even the very good pieces as presented in the above scheme of work for teachers. What we lack is the spirit to fully utilise our God-given human/intellectual resources, or implement our laws, policies and programmes we've thoughtfully put in place.

    Your piece reminded me of a discussion I had recently on the same issue with some friends in Nigeria we together read an email I received from my daughter who just started her SS1 in Scotland. She was briefing me in the email the outcome of the "Work Experience" programme they underwent. This programme can be likened to the industrial training (IT) that students with OND attend before they are accepted to proceed with their HND under the Nigerian system. This is what they start here right from their Secondary School level. Her narrative, according to my friends who read it, was marvellous both in content and presentation. It was also very inspirational from the system perspective.

    But, as said, Mall. Jameel, that has been part of our system too at least in our days. It might not be in the organised and sophisticated manner we see it happening in the UK and other more developed societies across the globe as you elicited in the original article. Your ability to come up with this piece is a testimony to what I'm saying, namely, it was partly because yourself you came through the same pattern of training both from primary/secondary schools and of course from your parents at home.

    I want to say, also, that whatever our private primary and secondary schools will be able to do to inculcate those values, the bigger challenge is how to revive our public school system. This is because the greater majority of the population still attends the public schools as they cannot afford the private. Reviving the system should include using your great ideas to refine and up-grade the curriculum being used.

    I have always thought of a way to go about reviving the public schools system: if we as a nation are serious about this, the Government on power should require all public office holders and particularly political appointees and bureaucrats to, as a matter, of policy, enrol their children only in public schools. Within no time, I’m sure you will see public school system receiving the attention and care (up-grade) it has been dying for. Does this sound naive?

    Of course, there is also the issue of the parent responsibility. Most parents unfortunately themselves need the kind of training suggested in the suggested scheme of work. They, thus, lack the moral standing to perform their part of the responsibility to complement the efforts of the teachers in the school. I will leave the parents in this category to proffer a solution to this challenge.

    Once again, Mall. Jameel, jazakumullahu khairan.

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  2. Good job. lets all work together to bring education to where it belongs.

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