Critical Literacy: The Role of Literature in Promoting Peace Education in Nigeria
Gladys D. Ukume
Curriculum and Teaching
Faculty ofEducation
Benue State University
Makurdi.
E—mail-gladyszion.gu@gmail. com
Ochugwu Catherine .E. (Ph.D)
Curriculum and Teaching
Faculty ofEducation
Benue State University
Makurdi.
enaiyikatea@gmail. com
Chen, Doo .M.
Department ofEng]ish
College ofAdvanced and Professional Studies (CAPS)
Makurdi.

Abstract
This paper takes the position that literature is indispensable to the achievement of critical literacy in the area of imbibing peaceful co—existence in Nigeria. The whole idea about critical literacy is for the individual to make use of what he has learnt to function profitably to the society and be useful to himself The current spate of violence and civil unrest in Nigeria, demand/or a kind of literacy for the youths that will make them shun unethical acts and imbibe in them the right skills in conflict management and resolution that will foster peaceful co-existence among the citizenry. All genres of literature often explore themes and issues that mirror the society Literature has enormous didactic dimensions which can be channelled to the benefit of our society The present insecurity in the country which has become a social challenge calls/or a kind of literacy that will bring about peace education The thrust of this paper therefore is to examine how schools can utilize the study of literature as a medium to promote peace education for sustainable national development.

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