NILDS Takes Public Education of the Legislature to a New Level
Against the background of the lack of adequate public knowledge of the legislature, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies in collaboration with the FCT Education Secretariat and the Nigerian Television Authority is organizing the 4th Edition of the NILDS’ Quiz competition centered on the legislature and democracy for Senior Secondary Schools within the FCT.
The zonal stage of the programme which is holding in 8 centres across Secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory is an initiative of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, aimed at providing enlightenment, particularly for schools, on the importance, roles and activities of this critical arm of democracy, the legislature.
The Quiz program is expected to throw up questions such as: What do the students know about the legislature and how much do they know. Answers to these questions will help government appraise the curriculum and promote advocacy for legislations that would deepen institutional knowledge of the legislature.
The zonal stage of the competition, scheduled to hold on Thursday 24th of January, 2019 and the final stage on 28th January, 2019, would help both the students and the public to understand the significance of the legislature, its contributions to political and national development.
According to the Director General, National Institute for Legislative Studies, Prof. Ladi Hamalai, the Legislature remains the epicenter and a crucial arm of Government in any democracy and one of its key functions is the promotion and sustenance of democracy, democratic process and values. It also remains the arm of government which the citizenry are vastly unacquainted with and apparently misunderstood.
Public education and sensitization about the legislative process and its ties to democracy has therefore become necessary. This is further heightened by the fact that history is no longer taught in most secondary schools. There is no doubt that one of the best ways to impart a lasting knowledge about the legislature is through the young ones.
“Rather than use the classroom approach which has been found to be too formal, we have opted for a quiz approach, which is engaging, vibrant, participatory and interactive. We have found the quiz approach to education as a fast-track approach to making legislative studies an integral part of the students’ curriculum”.
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), National Assembly, was established by an enabling Act, Section 3 Paragraph H specifically, to develop training curriculum for schools and tertiary institutions on democratic, legislative practice and procedure, political culture and development.