WCCI, Nigerian Chapter

 

This report covers the period October 2006 – August 2008 during which we held our 6th Biennial Conference in October 2006 and made contributions in other areas to keep our members busy.

 

Soon after the 12th World Conference in Manila, Philippines in August 2006, we embarked on and successfully accomplished the following activities:

·         holding of the 6th Biennial Conference at Cana House, Awka from 24 – 28 October 2006;

·         publication of the 3rd Biennial Seminar on Curriculum for Wealth Creation held at the Federal College of Education, Kano on Tuesday, 25 October 2005;

·         holding of the 4th Biennial Seminar on Telescoping Curriculum and Instruction in Nigeria at the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), Sheda, Abuja on Tuesday, 23 October 1007;

·         publication of selected papers from those presented at the 6th Biennial Conference of 2006 in our new journal, WCCI (Nigerian Chapter) Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, Vol.1;

 

As earlier reported, the 6th Biennial Conference on Curriculum and Instruction in Distance Learning, which was held at Cana House, Awka, Anambra State, was quite successful as over 100 persons attended the opening ceremony and eighty (80) papers were presented under the four sub-themes of the Conference. The conference communiqué made many recommendations on distance learning and ICT policy and implementation with a view to improving Nigerian education. During the conference, the following schedule of seminars and conferences was approved by the Annual General Meeting:

 

4th Biennial Seminar    Abuja              2007    7th Biennial Conference       Lagos      2008

5th Biennial Seminar    Nsukka            2009    8th Biennial Conference       Kano       2010

6th Biennial Seminar    Calabar            2011    9th Biennial Conference       Abuja      2012

7th Biennial Seminar    Awka              2013    10th Biennial Conference     Nsukka   2014

8th Biennial Seminar    Lagos              2015    11th Biennial Conference     Calabar   2016   

9th Biennial Seminar    Kano               2017    12th Biennial Conference     Awka      2018   

 

The published 3rd biennial seminar lecture was launched at Awka with the delegates demonstrating their appreciation of it through purchases and very fair comments on its content, particularly those who were not at the seminar in Kano and were seeing it for the first time at the conference at Awka.   

 

The 4th Biennial Seminar held in Sheda, Abuja witnessed over one hundred (100) persons at the opening ceremony with more than sixty six (66) participants deliberating on the guest lecture delivered by the President, Professor U M O Ivowi; and holding discussion on general issues affecting the Chapter and its branches in Nigeria. Arising from the observations made, the Seminar recommended many measures that were aimed at ensuring effectiveness in curriculum and instruction particularly in the implementation of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme in Nigeria. The issue of prompt remittance of members’ international annual dues of $25.00 each was again discussed and suggestions made to ensure compliance.

 

During the seminar, the Volume 1, Nos. 1, of the new journal of the Chapter, which contained selected papers presented at the 6th Biennial Conference at Awka, was launched. Many participants took copies to their branches; and since then, Nos. 2 and 3 of the Volume have been released and widely circulated to members and the general academic community.

    

In addition to the above, preparation had reached an advanced stage for the 7th Biennial Conference on Curriculum and Instruction in Education for All (EFA) was held at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos from 21 – 25 October 2008. The sub-themes of the conference were:

Curriculum and Instruction in Education for All at:

·         Pre-Primary and Primary Education;

·         Secondary Education; and

·         Tertiary Education

 

The first announcement for the 7th Biennial Conference was released at the Seminar in Abuja; and other releases  followed.This  led to a very successful conference in Lagos in October 2008.

 

An unprecedented number of members and non-members of the Chapter indicated interest in attending the WCCI 13th World Conference in Education on Creating a Global Culture of Peace: Strategies for Curriculum Development and Implementation in Antalya, Turkey from 2 – 6 September 2008. At the last count, the number had increased from 65 to 73. Many of them had already met the dateline for call for papers with their abstracts accepted. However, there was problem in getting a visa probably because of the long list of intending participants. However only 10 were issued  with visa. We had  a good  representation at Antalya.

 

Further to this, the chapter  also made the necessary preparations towards the 5th Biennial Seminar on Functionality of Curriculum in Nigeria. The seminar   will be  held at the Institute of  Education ,University of Nigeria ,Nsukka   on the 20th of October 2009.Prof Esu will  give the Guest lecture .A program of activities have been drawn up for the October event.

Also the Vol 2, No 1, 2&3 of new journal WCCI Journal of Curriculum and Instruction,

Which will derive its articles from the papers presented at the 7th Biennial Conference In?

Lagos, will be launched and sold for N500 per copy at the seminar.

The 4th Biennial Seminar paper will be launched and sold for N100 at the 5th Biennial Seminar at Nsukka in 2009.