International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Place of Indigenous Proverbs in Peace Education in Nigeria: Implications for Social Studies Curriculum
Dr. Babatunde Adeniyi Adeyemi, Mrs. Mujidat Olabisi Salawudeen

More than at other times in the history of Nigeria, the nation is faced tries with diverse social problems. Most of these problems are traceable to youth restiveness, ethno-religious crises, urban decay and high rate of crimes. Thus the need to develop strategies for peace education is paramount. Indigenous proverbs in Nigeria have been discovered to possess socializing and enduring values for peaceful co-existence (Fasiku, 2006, Adeboye, 2010, Owomoyela, 2012, Adeyemi, 2012 and Salawudeen, 2012). Hence, a suggestion is made for the adaptation of indigenous proverbs from across the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria for incorporation into peace education component of Social Studies education in Nigerian schools. It is, therefore, recommended that colleges and university offering Social Studies as a course in Nigeria should introduce indigenous music, song, proverbs and poetry as local content for teachers-in-training to acquire skills in using them to teach citizenship and peace education components of Social Studies curriculum. Since Nigeria is a multi-lingual and multi-cultural nation, this paper further suggests that efforts should be made to collect proverbs of other languages in Nigeria for adaptation.

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