Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Youths For a Peaceful Nigeria
Agbor, Catherine Alex (PhD)
Dept. of Curriculum & Teaching
University of Calabar, Calabar,
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Nigeria is currently undergoing profound ecological reforms under the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) establishment act, 2007, No. 25 charged with responsibility for the protection and development of the environment in Nigeria, and for related matters. Education is the most potent instrument for achieving this ecological emancipation. This paper explores the role of ecological literacy in promoting peace. It investigates how educating the youths in this area can play its part in peace building in the Nigerian society. The methodology is a review of related literature and informed discussion from educationists, psychologists, sociologists and other members of the society. The literature and experts suggest some ways language teachers at the higher education levels. whose students are mainly youths, may adopt to organize ecological literacy curriculum The paper further recommends that ecological literacy should be taught in all facets oft/1e curricula as a type of immersion and integration, in order to understand the nature and origins of ecological problems and their effects on both victims and perpetrators. The conclusion is that language teachers should be functional to raise the profile of ecological literacy and create space for developing analysis (if/he structural issues that needs to
be addressed as they confront environmental problems.
Key words: youth, language teachers. peace. literacy, ecological emancipation.