2020 Conference



Theme: Value Education in a Plural Society: Treading the Holistic Path

Date: 9th to 14th November, 2020


The removal of religious issues from the National Value Education Curriculum has reduced the embedded themes into three, namely: Social Studies, Civic Education and Security Education. The reduction of Social Studies which is the original custodian of civic issues and education on problems of deviance and social control (security education) has generated a lot of agitations and sentiments bothering on outright departure from the purposes for which Social Studies was introduced to the schools and has also confused the curriculum enactors (teachers) on which method(s) to use in teaching the perceived erratic themes isolated for teaching in the National Value Education Curriculum. The perceived misconceptions that History teaches national values more than Social Studies and the  affronts from graduates of Political Science (Government Teachers), that Social Studies teachers cannot teach or examine Civic Education at Senior School Certificate level are all disturbing the mindsets of Social Studies teacher trainers, who see the misconceptions and affronts as departures from the original facts that Civic Education was taken from Social Studies and Security Education should not be seen as a new organising centre (theme), but are part of the University and College of Education Social Studies teacher training curricula. As Social Studies experts and practitioners, we hesitate to claim that the curriculum designers might not have taken cognisance of the holistic nature of Social Studies.

The events that are unfolding around Social Studies are suggesting the need to take the plight of Social Studies to the desk of its original curriculum designers and developers. With a bunch of experiences and the agitations in the mind of Social Studies scholars, it is imperative to have a compendium of field experiences that are both  theoretical and empirical, which could be useful to provide relevant  information that may guide National Value Education stakeholders to revise its curriculum, to make value education to retrace its root to Social Studies, seek new avenues to reposition itself by way of a name such as "Social and Civic Studies' or any other name that will make Social Studies achieve its objectives; and that the contents of Civic Education at the Senior Secondary School should be taken as part of value education that it is, rather than seeing it as a new form of learning or as an alternative to Social Studies or a parallel subject to Government which Political Science graduates would be struggling for, even when it is outside the domain of their over-theoretical discipline.

A call therefore is made to Social Studies scholars at all levels to conduct relevant scholarly study and to present same at this year's annual conference at the door steps of those who have been setting grounds upon which our teaching at all levels of education rests.


Contributors are encouraged to write along these itemised sub-themes or other areas that unearth the hidden difficulties of Social Studies and those other curricular problems bedevilling Social Studies and indeed citizenship education in Nigeria:

1. Conceptualisation of a plural society – A socio-critical discourse on Nigeria

2. The dilemma of a plural society – A case study of Nigeria

3. Values and value systems – Sources and platforms for nation building in Nigeria

4. Why National Value Education - why Not Social Studies?

5. Issues around the implementation of Value Education in Nigerian Schools

6. Can the sum of the parts be greater than the whole? A national question for value education curriculum developers

7. The whole is greater than the sum of its part – A reflection on the themes in the National Value Education Curriculum

8.  Curriculum overload and the imperative of integration and holistic thinking – Can the current National Value Education Curriculum resolve the problem?

9. Perceived deficiency in the National Value Education Curriculum - which one do we need? - A replacement or     a


10.  The menaces of Social Studies’ contributory subjects – The actions required.

11. Personnel accreditation for teaching and examination of Civic Education – How eligible are Social Studies graduates?

12. Nigerian national values – What are they and who are their custodians?

13. The laboratory for citizenship education practicals in Nigeria – Any direction to it?

14. Governance in Nigeria and the imperative of value education – A critique

15. Resources for holistic value education in Nigeria

16. Evaluation of holistic value education in Nigeria

17. Textbooks for holistic value education at all levels – the qualities required

18. Providing sustainable environment for value education in Nigerian Social Studies

19. Resolving concepts overlap in the value education curriculum

20. Empirical studies on Social Studies and citizenship development in Nigeria

21. Evaluation of the Benchmark of Minimum Standards for Social Studiesat the NCE and First Degree levels  


1. Social Studies Experts:All Social Studies Lecturers in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria and abroad are to register and present papers

2. Students:Graduate Students of Social Studies in Nigeria and abroad are to register and present papers

3. School Teachers: Primary and SecondarySchool Social Studies Teachers in Nigeria and abroad are to register and present papers.

4. Keynote Address:

(a) Goodwill Message

Nigerian National Values and Civic Education: The Tasks for Social Studies Experts

Mallam Adamu Adamu, Honourable Minister of Education

(b) The Call for Revision of the Nigerian National Value Education Curriculum – What would the NERDC Accommodate, and What Not?    – Prof. Ismail Junaidu, Executive Secretary, NERDC.  

(c) Social Studies and the Raging Tempest, Our Plight, Our Passion, Our Desire – Professor Olusegun Ajiboye, Registrar and Chief Executive, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria.


Lead Papers

1. Sustainable Environment for Value Education in Nigerian Social Studies – How Feasible? – Prof. Okechukwu O. Nwaubani, Department of Social Science Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria


2. Adaptability of Social Studies to Value Education:  The Inputs that must be Made.

Prof. H.I. Bayero,

Department. of Arts and Social Science   Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.


Abstract – 31st August, 2020

Full Paper and PowerPoint Slides – 30th September, 2020

The Programme

Monday 9/11/2020 Opening, Goodwill Message and Paper presentations

Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14,

November, 2020, Presentations

Bank Account Information

Name: Social Studies Educationist Association of Nigeria

UBA PLC. Account Number: 1018016834


1. Registration

(a) Higher Institution Lecturers:  #5,000.

(b) Students Registration:  

Master and Ph.D. Students (Not working in higher institutions): #2,500.

Undergraduates: #1,000

(c) School Teachers: #1,000.

(Certificates issuance will be guided by these categorisations)

(d) Foreign Participants: $50


2. Papers Vetting: #3,000


Requirements for the Conference

This year’s conference will be done online and coordinated from the Secretariat. All participants are to pay their registration fees and send the evidence of payment, the abstract and the papers to the designated email addresses in order to secure the userword and password for registration for the conference.

Each participant should have the Zoom and Google Meet Apps on their digital (Telephones and Computers) devices


National Working Committee

Dr. M.O. Omiyefa – Secretary - 08030699630

Dr Funsho Olatunde – PRO - 08033162323

Dr. O.E. Ojedokun – Editor – 08057333448

Prof. AbduRaheem Yusuf – President - 08060633040

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