International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Relevance of Art Education and the Education of the Nigerian Child: Implications for the Universal Basic Education Policy

Volume 27.3   2008



This article examines relevant government policy documents on education and culture and discovers that Nigerian education authorities do not 'discriminate' against art and culture in its articulation of educational policies per se, but lack of administrative machinery or political will has resulted in the deprivation of the Nigerian child in the process of creative activity in early childhood development. The article argues that lack of creative ability in our educational products is perhaps a major setback in the nation's quest for industrial and technological development. In this article a new art curriculum for elementary schools is advocated as a means of engaging the young child in order to attain functional educational skills necessary in the world of work.