By Ochiaka Ugwu
For Nigerians to know the importance of preserving peace, diversity management that will make our environment tolerance of all shades of opinions there is every need for proper peace education handling, Director General of Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Prof. Oshita Osang Oshita has said.
Oshita who said this last week while playing host to the visiting Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford, United Kingdom, Prof. Brian Cantor, called for the inclusion of peace studies in the country’s Education Curriculum saying that it will speed-up the ongoing process of restoring unity, especially in parts of the country ravaged by insurgency and internecine crisis.
He said, “Nothing is static, things are dynamic. The first partnership we had with University of Bradford resulted in the development of the lecture material that are been used for General Studies in the Universities now for Peace and conflict module which was edited by Bradford alumni too, Prof. Shedrack Best of the University of Jos.
“We are trying to move forward with that kind of partnership in a way that is more definitive. We are working on framework elements, so that we can understand which aspect to focus on now.
“Education surely is key, we must have a proper handle on peace education in this country for people to know the importance of preserving peace, diversity management, this will make our environment tolerance of all shades of opinion. It is a gradual process, but with this visit, we are going to have stronger approach to these issues”.
Speaking earlier, Cantor who led a delegation of the Bradford University team to mobilize universities and research/educational agencies in Nigeria into the World Technology Universities Network (WTUN) stressed the need for international collaboration on insecurity saying that WTUN was created to use technology as a quick solution to the world challenges, promote better understanding of the role and the characteristics of the technology university and facilitate links between world technology universities and industry.
Cantor said it was established to collaborate on research and knowledge transfer to address global challenges and develop position and policy statements among others.
While describing the network as means of uplifting Nigerian universities technologically through the WTUN, he noted that the network was a catalyst to solving the world problem which included ill-health, poverty, climate change, energy and water supply, food security, industrial development, conflict, migration and terrorism.
He maintained that conventional universities and technology universities in particular, can be amongst the greatest forces for progress and development.
University of Port Harcourt, University of Benin, Akwa Ibom State University, University of Africa, University of Uyo, University of Calabar and Niger Delta University signed an agreement with the University of Bradford to be incorporated into the World Technology Universities Network to enhance the development of technology in their schools.
WTUN is a consortium of universities committed towards the provision of professional and vocational courses with excellent job prospects for graduates in the country.