Deepening of democratic governance in Nigeria has been the main target of the annual quiz competitors of the Nationwide Institute for Legislative and Democratic Research (NILDS), among the many college students of senior secondary faculties since 2016. TAIYE ODEWALE stories
Motive behind the quiz competitors
The quiz competitors at conception in 2016 by administration of the Nationwide Institute for Legislative and Democratic Research (NILDS), was to facilitate understanding of workings and observe of democracy amongst pupils of senior secondary faculties throughout the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Particularly, as disclosed by the Director – Normal of the Institute then, Professor Ladi Hammalai, the quiz competitors geared toward making the secondary college students perceive the position of legislature in democratic settings and by extension, placing its notion in correct context.
Making the quiz competitors more practical and widening its scope
On assumption of workplace in 2019 as new Director – Normal of NILDS, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, noticed the annual Quiz Competitors as required data enriching template for Secondary Faculty Pupils on workings and observe of democracy.
Making pupils at that stage , know what democracy is all about and the way finest it ought to be practiced for good governance within the land , to him, was essential and ought to be expanded outdoors the territory of FCT.
Little marvel that the seventh version of the competitors held on the Senate wing of the Nationwide Meeting, had collaborating Faculties throughout the Six geo – political zones of the nation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The colleges had been TopFaith Worldwide Secondary Faculty, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom state which ultimately emerged the over all winner, Immaculate Conception Secondary Faculty, Bauchi state, Saint Augustine Faculty Jos, Plateau state, Groundvig Worldwide Secondary Faculty, Oba Anambra state, Mannequin Secondary Faculty Akure, Ondo state, World Children Academy, Sokoto atate and Authorities Secondary Faculty, Gwarimpa, Life Camp, FCT.
In emphasising the aim of the competitors, Professor Sulaiman stated: “Democratic participation is a elementary pillar of our governance system and it ought to be inclusive of youngsters and younger folks. A technique of participating kids very early of their growth is thru civic schooling which could be an essential and efficient device that facilitates the participation of residents in democratic and growth processes.
“In superior democracies, parliaments play a central position in selling political data via civic schooling. In reality, the UK Parliament and the US congress has a chosen standing committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement. In Australia, the Parliament and Civic Training Rebate (PACER) supplies a subsidy for faculties travelling greater than 150 kilometres to go to the nationwide capital as a part of a civic and citizenship schooling tour. Faculties should go to parliament on such events and take part in an schooling programme whereas there.
“In the identical vein, the Nationwide Institute for Legislative and Democratic Research launched the NASS-NILDS quiz competitors in 2016 as a part of its mandate to develop a coaching curriculum for faculties and tertiary establishments on democracy, legislative observe and process, political tradition & growth – as spelt out in Paragraph h, Part 3 of the Institute’s enabling Act.
“The primary goal of the quiz competitors is to introduce secondary college college students, who’re the leaders of tomorrow, to the basics of legislative processes and procedures for democratic governance.
“The Institute believes that initiatives reminiscent of this are a key half in participating younger folks, encouraging their growth and enabling them to have interaction and be concerned in each the political and management processes, if not now, later of their lives.
“It’s gratifying to say that over the previous seven (7) years this competitors has offered motivation for secondary college college students within the FCT to review and study new data on the legislature and democratic governance.
“Via the instrumentality of the quiz competitors, the institute has considerably promoted consciousness, data and understanding of the historical past, position and performance of the Nigerian legislature in FCT.
“On the power of the exceptional successes in FCT, the NILDS Governing Council in 2021 below the management of his Excellency Senator Ahmad Lawan, PhD, GCON and Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, CFR permitted the extension of the competitors to your entire nation from which finalists from the six geo – political zones and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja are right here right now for grand finale”.
Lawan’s observations and remarks
On the ceremony, the Senate President Senator Ahmad Lawan, made two crucial observations from the seven Faculties that participated within the last and their compositions.
First of his remark was that out of the seven faculties, solely two are publicly owned whereas the remainder are personal faculties. The second remark he made, was on feminine representatives within the workforce of a few of the faculties which to him, was a welcome growth.
He stated: “From the seven faculties gathered right here for grand finale of seventh version of NILDS quiz acmpetition, it was evident that our personal faculties seem like extra profitable and subsequently can win and beat public faculties foolish.
“That could be very vital for us. One, it’s a get up name. Authorities should make investments much more in our public college.
“Training on the primary stage significantly and possibly as much as secondary college stage ought to be not solely necessary however free for all indigenes or residents throughout the nation.
“Infact, schooling at that stage ought to be a proper or should be a proper as a result of for any nation to develop, you need to get the muse proper.
“Training has a number of impacts. When you will have folks educated, they deal with their well being. They will hardly be part of bandits or Boko Haram and all these evil teams that we’ve got within the nation. So it has many constructive impacts and subsequently we should make investments much more in our public faculties.
“Secondly, I’ve additionally observed that there’s a good proportion of younger ladies right here. And that additionally tells me a narrative that if you wish to empower girls, you give them schooling.
“They don’t must beg anyone to get there as soon as they’re educated. They will beat the boys by the point they’re educated.
“Training of the woman little one is essential for any society or nation that need to be genuinely developed and I’m very completely satisfied that ladies are effectively represented among the many competing faculties right here right now .
“The primary goal of the quiz competitors is to introduce younger Nigerians significantly secondary college college students, who’re the leaders of tomorrow, to the basics of legislative processes and procedures for democratic governance.
“The Nigerian legislature is, little question, one of the vital misunderstood arm of presidency. Utilizing the instrumentality of the quiz competitors, the institute is regularly altering this narrative by selling consciousness, data and understanding of the historical past, position and performance of the Nigerian legislature.
“To this impact, NILDS is additional inspired to collaborate with analysis institutes and related businesses of presidency to develop curriculum on legislative and democratic research for inclusion within the Civic Training, Social Research, Authorities and different curricular for primary in addition to senior secondary schooling to complement their contents and bridge the data gaps within the legislature.
“NILDS ought to, subsequently accomplice with related businesses for internalising content material of this competitors into the Nationwide curriculum on the template of Civic Training or another related topic “.
NBC ‘s palms of partnership
In amplifying the content material via related tv channels to kids throughout the nation, the Director Normal of Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC), Balarabe Shehu Ilelah represented by Mrs Clementine Usman Wamba (an Assistant Director), stated: “What NILDS is doing and aiming to attain with the annual nationwide quiz competitors amongst senior secondary faculties throughout the nation on observe of democracy, ought to not cease on the varied venues however remodeled them into content material that may be aired on tv via any of the thematic channels for required impacts”.