Integrating an environmental curriculum in Nigerian schools.

It is not news that we Nigerians have a very long way to go in terms of environmental education. The poor waste disposal and littering culture by fellow Nigerians goes to show that we really need it here.

I was having a chat sometime ago with Doyin Ogunye, founder of KidsBeachGarden, a social enterprise that focuses on environmental education for young children and we both agreed that it will take close to ten years (10) to bridge the gap of environmental awareness and education in nigeria.

It is quite sad to say that a lot of Nigerian children are not currently educated on environmental issues. Topics like proper waste disposal, climate change and its overall effect on the planet, pollution etcetera has not been brought to the fore front as it should.

As much as I would love to, I cannot remain optimistic that we can change the littering culture among the older generations, I can only actively work on educating young people in the hope that they become change agents that influence the behaviors of their parents and their society at large.

I sincerely hope that the government overhauls the current education curriculum to include environmental education with the goal of closing the current gap in education.