Importance Of Citizenship Education In Nigeria 

Here in this post, we are going to discuss in detail the Importance Of Citizenship Education In Nigeria. We hope you enjoy reading this informative piece.
Someone may ask, what is citizenship education? My reply will be that citizenship education is all about being good citizens.
Citizenship education has some key concepts, hence there is a need for people to study and also learn about a few of these key concepts about citizenship education.
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First and foremost, the people have to know and also understand why citizenship education is important in advancing the Nigerian democracy.
That out of the way, there is also reason to understand how citizenship education works and the goals of citizenship education and why it is important to realize these goals.
One must not also forget that to realize these goals, there must be hard work and commitment and dedication thus, in the process of knowing these goals and also applying these goals, Nigerian citizens are bound to benefit by themselves and by the Nigerian communities.

Citizenship Education

To earn a fulfilling education in Nigeria, it is also important to endeavour to develop the skills, and the values, and the knowledge for the purpose of being an active and a concerned citizen.
However, to teach Nigerian about citizenship requires citizenship learning that will has something to do with interaction, and relevance, and participation, as well as, collaborating, while in the classroom.
In order for Nigerian teachers to educate Nigerian students, the teachers must of necessity, focus on lessons, such that will involve problem-solving, and leadership, and communication, as well as, persuasive writings.
The major point here will be to educate Nigerian students on what actually, an informed citizenry is all about, as well as, the practical ways of becoming a part of this process, instead of just instructing the students with basic subjects such as mathematics, and English language, and sciencey among others.

What Is The Importance Of Citizenship Education?

There are quite a number of reasons why we study citizenship education, and in this article, I will be discussing quite a number of them, however, below are some of the reasons why citizenship education is essential, and they are:

1. Allowing Citizens To Contribute For Common Good

Citizenship education gives citizens the rights to contributing to the common good of their countries. Contributing outstandingly to the common good of one’s country is one of the key principles and the fundamentals of citizenship education.
What then is the concept of the common good? The concept of the common good simply means that any political society has a different set of values, and these sets of values are quite significant for every member of society.

2. Being Civil Competencies

Citizenship education helps in the formation of civic competencies. The education allows a citizen to effectively cope with the social role, specified for citizens of that country.
It helps citizens to fully use their civil rights and civil freedoms. Actually, the objectives of citizenship education are great.
The learning about democracy has a very essential object, to educating a responsible citizen and a critically thinking citizen.
The citizens of a country should be willing to communicate with the fellow citizens, as well as,  participate effectively in every affair of their state. The importance of citizenship and its objectives, no doubt, is in freedom and also in responsible decisions.

3. Creating Freedom Awareness Among Citizens

 Freedom is among the reasons why we study citizenship education, and is one of the very strongest and desired human needs.
Having freedom means that, a citizen can implement his plans, and makes independent choice of life decisions, as well as making a choice of ways to achieve those goals.

4. Knowing Of One’s Constitutional Rights

Every citizen of a country supposed to have the right to knowledge. The knowledge of the constitution or the constitutional system of that country.
In other words, it is the citizenship education that gives citizens of a country the very idea of the fundamentals of their individual constitutional system, which they operate in their nations. It also allowed for the citizens’ rights and the freedoms as specified in the constitution of their nations.

5. Ensuring Equality Of Citizens

Political equality is simply understanding the equality of opportunity that citizens of a country have in order to achieve their individual goals.
The outcome of citizens’ political aspirations will always remain quite different, pending on citizens abilities and their individual inclinations.
Social and political equality usually speaks of the very absence of the social and political classes in the society, as well as, privileges in one’s society.

6. Understanding The Truth About Citizenship

True is important and necessary in any democratic society. Citizens of a country ought to know about the happenings in their individual society, which they create.
As democratic citizens of a society, they have the constitutional right to demanding from public officials an account of their actions, and how they, the officials spent their money and the decisions they have taken to better the lots of the members of the public.

7. Knowing  One’s Societal Structure

Citizens have the rights to know and understand the structure of their society. They have the rights to know and understand their norms and their values, as well as, the very problems of social development, and this is made possible through citizenship education.
Citizenship education also allows the citizens to know and understand their place in the society, including the complexities of social relations, and family, and education, and culture, as well as, age and also gender differentiation.

8. Knowing One’s society’s History

One will agree with me that, knowledge of history is essential and necessary for the citizens of a country. Knowledge of history actually helps the citizens of a country to know and understand the present so as to be able to plan for the future.
In the process of citizenship education, a citizen can obtain some knowledge, and as a result, form some value preferences, which can make him acquire certain personal qualities.
The knowledge, of course, can also help the citizens of a country to develop civic skills of thinking and that of their behaviour.

9. Inculcating Into Nigerians With Democratic Tenets

The key reason why we study citizenship education is the teaching and the impartation of the citizens with the necessary knowledge about the mechanism of democratic processes in a country.
The citizen of this country have the rights to be convinced of the values and also the advantages of democracy. They also through citizenship education have the qualities of being independent and being critically minded citizens.


Citizenship education is all about being good citizens. Citizenship education has some key concepts, hence there is a need for people to study and also learn about a few of these key concepts about citizenship education.
First and foremost, people have to know and also understand why citizenship education is important in advancing the Nigerian democracy.

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