Promoting Ethnic and Religious Diversity for the Nigerian School Children: A Preliminary Study
Keywords:Nigeria, diversity, ethnicity, school libraries
The aim of this study is to provide evidence on the school library as an important medium for promoting ethnic and religious diversity among the Nigerian school children. Though the issue of diversity continues to evolve and expand in the 21st century to include dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, abilities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age and religious preferences (Perrault & Mardis, 2015), the Nigerian nation is presently being troubled by the crisis related to ethnic and religious groups. The education system seems not to be doing much in encouraging coexistence among the citizens. The school library serves as a safe place for addressing these issues of ethnicity and religiosity among learners from diverse backgrounds in the Nigerian school system in which the school timetable is busy with a lot of passive learning activities. Even though ethnic and religious diversity should be addressed in a normal classroom environment, there is still a continuous rise in the lack of ethnic and religious coexistence in Nigerian community which has brought about religious rivalry and ethnic bigotry in the different communities of the nation (Akwanya, 2015; Ojo, 2016). This has continually led to a greater output of school children who are not ready to welcome other cultures and religious beliefs when they become adults; thus steering violence among other members of the community.
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