There are plans to harmonize and mainstream all the courses related to human development studies in Nigerian universities.
Minister of education Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i who made the statement in Abuja said several countries especially in Asia have concentrated on human development training and teaching and implemented courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Ruqayyatu who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Akinbode Agbaoye at a stakeholders’ validation workshop for the development of a draft curriculum for courses in Human Development Studies said Federal Government was partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to achieve its objectives.
“The draft curriculum, when operational, will help in the development of programmes that will concern three central planks in Human Development as enunciated by the UNDP,” she said.
The minister listed the programmes as: average real income per capita, the average life expectancy and adult literacy, combined with real access to education at all levels.
“This will, in turn, facilitate the process of expanding people’s real freedoms, their valuable capabilities and essential freedoms that will enable people to live long and healthy lives.”
In his opening remarks, the UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Daouda Toure, said mainstreaming human development studies in the curricula of universities will contribute to Nigeria’s ability to reinforce her ownership of her development approach.
Toure said it would also expand the knowledge base that is critical to bringing out the human development approach and to make the indices part of the measurement put in place by national authorities.