Fisher Folk and the Need for Developing Their System of Education for Sustainable Development: A Survey of Yauri Emirate in Kebbi State

    Abu-Ubaida SANI et al

    The pre-eminent masterminded devotion to ensuring access to, at least, basic education for every citizen, has sought the need to nomadic education in Nigeria. However, this is to take to the doorstep of the nomadic and other disadvantaged groups, education. Perhaps, as directed by the Nigerian National Policy on Education. The nomadic population in Nigeria has been estimated to be about 9.3 million people of whom about 3.1 million are juvenescence school-aged children. The prepotencies of this population are pastoralists, whereby the remaining population consists of fisher folk and
    farmers. Fisher Folk Education programs are being implemented in some parts of the country considered to have fisher folk communities with larger populations, such as Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa-Ibom states among others. However, none of such educational set-ups is in place in Northern Nigeria, whereas there is the need, as in the case of Yauri Emirate of Kebbi state. This paper therefore addresses the importance of fisher folk education (i.e. improving environmental literacy among others) in Northern Nigeria (precisely Yauri Emirate), their contribution to the nation’s economy as well as sustainable national development (i.e. food provision and lessening of unemployment among others). Finally, the work suggests some possible elixirs for the eradication of illiteracy among fisher folk in Yauri Emirate. One of such is government’s efforts as to send team of surveyors for an inspection as a step towards exposing Yauri Emirate Fisher folk community to at least basic education. 

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