CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY ISLAMIC EDUCATION IN WESTERN NIGERIA

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Musa Ibrahim-Katsina
Francesca Umm Yahya (Bocca-Aldaqre)
Mohammad Anwar Sahib

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This study discusses the challenges faced by primary and secondary educational institutions in western Nigeria and their proposed solutions. The problems began with the colonization of the country by the British empire, the Christianization agenda implemented by the colonizers, the inferiority complex that followed, and the lack of zeal to present Western education from an Islamic point of view. There is also the problem of finding knowledgeable and qualified Muslim teachers to employ, whose primary objective would be to instill knowledge in students rather than the financial gains that come with it. Proprietors of Islamic schools are recommended to invest in their teachers by organizing workshops for them at least twice a year, inviting Islamic pedagogists to train them, thereby boosting their confidence, increasing their knowledge and work input, and reducing the unnecessary inferiority complex they might have towards the Western education. Islām came with all branches of knowledge ranging from economics, human relations, sciences, agriculture, trade, etc., and actualized by earlier Muslims, especially in the golden era when the Muslims ruled in Andalusia (Spain) and in Baghdad. The major problem is the will of the parents and Muslim schools to invest in Islamic pedagogy and to be determined to make its application effective and acceptable to the rest of the world. The qualitative research method was the main source of information for this research sourced from books and research papers written on pedagogy by renowned educators in Nigeria and other countries.


Keywords: Islamization, Pedagogy, Western Nigeria, Education.

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