Dr Abdulmalik Yusuf, a lecturer with the Federal College of Education (FCE), Zuba, FCT, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to use Multidisciplinary Curriculum to rejig the education system in the face of COVID-19 challenges.
Yusuf made the call in his lead paper titled: “Using Multidisciplinary Teams to Turn COVID-19 Challenges to Opportunities for Progress” at a 4-Day 7th National Conference of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), holding at Federal College of Education (FCE), Gindiri, Plateau.
Supreme reports that the 4-Day Conference which has its theme as: “Education, Development and the Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic: the Way Forward”, saw the presentation of various papers by lecturers on various issues.
“In the face of COVID-19 challenges, Education is more effective when it uses a Multidisciplinary Curriculum, which focuses primarily on different disciplines and diverse perspectives to illustrate a topic, theme or issue.
“It is of utmost importance that effective multidisciplinary strategies are devised and implemented in schools, workplaces, families and communities to effectively turn challenges to useful opportunities in the emerging hybrid context, ” he said.
The lecturer said that the drop in earnings from oil sales provided an opportunity for government to use multidisciplinary teams to devise strategies for diversifying the nation’s income streams.
He explained that the multidisciplinary approach would look at diverse aspects to get solutions to expertise in security, diverse academic disciplines, educational administration, among others, toward turning around the tertiary education system, agriculture and tourist attractions into foreign exchange earnings.
According to him, “this approach will require multi-institutional collaboration involving universities, colleges of education, polytechnics and the private sector where each collaborator will investigate the challenges from its area of specialisation”.
Yusuf also pointed out that COVID-19 information management challenges provided opportunities that could enable Nigeria to design and develop an accountable information infrastructure that could provide a step Change in situational awareness by blending sensor and crowd generated content in a robust and reliable way.
While noting that there was a silver lining in every dark cloud, the lecturer said that the most effective factor at preventing the spread of COVID-19 was to empower the people with the right information, strategies and medication that were user friendly.