Civic Education: Importance Of Civic Education

Tables Of Contents

1. Meaning Of Civic Education.
2. Why Civic Education Is A Core Compulsory subject

Meaning Of Civic Education

The word “civic” is a Greek word which implies citizens of a city or an area. This then means, that civic education is a resolve of careful decision of the government to lead its citizens in different geographical and political communities to acquire some kinds of knowledge, facts, skills, abilities, values, virtues, attitudes and behaviour that are acceptable in society and useful in building a balanced great nation.

Civic education by way of definition, is that form of education which is primarily designed and organized in content and function so as to produce good and useful people who know what events happen within the country and globally.

The main aim of civic education is to develop and change young people into effective, responsible good and well informed people, who are active and productive in the society. The essence of civic education is to make one a good citizens of one’s country.

Civic education is the education that aims at inculcating moral values, skills and attitudes in an individual with the desire or consciousness to use their abilities to solve developmental challenges facing a nation.

Furthermore, it is that study which instils in the individual’s mind the consciousness which foster nation building through honesty, patriotic zeal, unity of purpose, economics freedom and political participation.

Why Civic Education Is A Core Compulsory Subject

Civic education is so relevant in our national life today that it has formed the core of our national changed acted moulding the essence of education. It would remain so due to the following reasons;

a. It is the means through which citizens are liberated from ignorance and equipped with needed skills, political, economic, social and administrative consciousness which is necessary to facilitate and maintain national consciousnesses.

b. It develops in the citizens good values, patriotism and provokes in them the resolve to become good citizens.

c. It enlightens, educates and helps in a individual intellectual development.

d. Civic education is essential for the existence and sustenance of democracy since it teaches the citizens the basic tenets of democratic process, principle, practices and fosters in them the zeal to participate in the political process.

e. It encourage the youth to be patriotic and nationalistic in words and in deeds.

f. It emphasize the needs to be law abiding and keep a peaceful nation.

g. With the knowledge of cubic education, governance is made much easier.

h. With it, effective and proactive leaders are produced. It is a training platform for good and patriotic future leaders in many sphere of human Endeavour.

I. It expresses and addresses problem militating against good governance in Nigeria. Some of them are; neo – colonialism, illiteracy, greed, drug and human trafficking and proffers solution aimed at tackling them.

j. It enables the citizens to know what duties and obligations they owe to the state and what state owes the citizens.

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