Nigerian Teachers Add Natural Medicine to the Curriculum

When more developed countries set out to help those in less developed areas, the question regarding the best, most sustainable way to do so often arises. Whether providing medical care, food, knowledge or a little bit of all three, every organization and nonprofit has its own opinion on the matter. Of course, providing any one of the above presents its own problems.

Nigerian Teachers Add Natural Medicine to the Curriculum

For example, donating medical care and health supplies can be incredibly helpful, but once the clinic closes, the people are left to fend for themselves again. Food, a major necessity of life, can help entire villages thrive, but simply giving people food does nothing for those in the local economy who are farming and trying to sell it. Providing education to the less fortunate in third world countries may be the most beneficial in the long run, but even that has its risks; many people who gain an education past secondary school tend to leave their country of origin in the hopes of finding a better life elsewhere.

Nigerian Officials Take Their Country's Health Into Their Own Hands

According to All Africa, Professor Godswill Obioma, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, announced that both primary and secondary schools in the country will begin teaching their pupils the basics of natural medicine. Obioma shared this development at the opening session of the weeklong writing and planning workshop for Natural Medicine Curriculum in Lagos. School officials and teachers will teach students about the efficacy of natural medicine in the hopes that they can lead longer, healthier lives and help their families to do the same.

Obioma announced that teachers will infuse pertinent issues in the world of natural medicine into their curriculum in order to teach students how effective it can be. He stated the objective as ensuring students gain an adequate scope of knowledge, skills and attitude surrounding natural medicine. He confirmed the teachings would be comprehensive, as well as readily available and affordable for all students; teachers will also make the program appropriate for their individual students, depending upon age.

Teachers Will Encourage Problem-Solving Skills

Administrators hope the program will go above and beyond practical uses for natural medicine. Because holistic medicine looks at the entire person, including mind, body and soul, practitioners need to take everything into account when devising a remedy. Students, too, will learn this comprehensive approach, and explore self-learning strategies while they gain problem-solving skills. It may not be the most modern way to incorporate healthcare into the lives of Nigerians everywhere, but it's definitely a start in improving the overall lifestyle led by those in the country.

Because teachers are going to tailor the curriculum for each of their grade levels, parents and families don't have to worry about students overextending themselves and taking on more than they can handle. As in America, no organization regulates natural medicine in Nigeria, which can make it potentially dangerous if it's in the wrong hands. However, school officials are going to ensure that won't happen; this program is one of many on the path to improving the health and lives of future generations.

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