School curriculum: NERDC partners PPDC, Google on online safety measures

The Nigerian Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) in partnership with Public Private Development Council (PPDC) and Google is set to harmonise and review the safety measures of online curriculum in primary and secondary schools.

The partners converged in Mararaba, Abuja, on Tuesday at the “Writing Workshop for the Development of Online Safety Curriculum for Nigerian Schools”.

Prof. Ismail Junaidu, the Executive Secretary, NERDC, said the workshop would develop a curriculum to safeguard the youths who were not clearly used to the internet.

He said forming alliance with individuals and groups would help map out strategies to educate the Nigerian child about online safety.

“An online safety module within our national secondary school curriculum has become imperative to promote digital literacy, digital safety and responsibility while reducing disinformation among young people.

“Let me inform you that one fundamental factor that enhances the provision of quality services to the citizens of a nation is the willingness of key government functionaries and agencies to form alliance with individuals and groups.

“This is especially with the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the initiation, delivery and management of programmes and projects.

“One common interest that has driven and sustained the partnership is the desire to ensure safe and responsible use of the internet among young internet users as they explore, maximise and utilise all the benefits the internet offers.

Also, Mrs Nkemdilim Ilo, Director, PPDC, said that technology had taken over the space, hence the need to promote our culture and prevent the children from being endangered by the ills of internet.

Ilo said that the integration of online safety into school curriculum would provide school children with the useful knowledge of internet.

The workshop was the second aimed at developing a standalone online safety module for integration of online safety into secondary school curriculum.

The workshop would review the online curriculum conceptual framework as well as identify content, develop curriculum topics and performance objectives.