Researching Nomadic Education: A Nigerian Perspective


The emergence of nomadic education as an important sub-system of the formal educational system in many African countries is the direct consequence of the state's commitment to equalizing educational opportunities for all social groups irrespective of ethnic or geographical origins, gender, or social class. In Nigeria, a special educational program is being implemented for two migrant groups, namely the nomadic pastoralists and the migrant "shermen. The major purposes of this chapter are to: (a) trace the historical evolution of nomadic education in Nigeria; (b) assess the current state of research on nomadic education in Nigeria; and (c) suggest concepts and research strategies that will engender greater understanding of nomadic education and promote international cooperation among scholars and practitioners in the study of Traveller and nomadic education.