The Political undertone in the development of nomadic education in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria

Louis Akpan 1 *

AM J QUALITATIVE RES, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp. 1-21

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This study examines the dynamics that necessitated the conceptualisation and development of nomadic education programme by the military government of Nigeria in 1986. Because of the nature of the paper which has some political connotations, governmentality theory by Foucault was adopted. In this paper, however, two methods of data gathering (oral interview and archival materials) were used. From the findings, it was discovered that the 1979 Nigerian Constitution, various International Conventions and Treaties, National Policy on Education and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association significantly influenced the conceptualisation of nomadic education programme in Nigeria. Furthermore, it was also revealed that the implementation of newly introduced nomadic education in Nigeria was made possible by the promulgations of some decrees.

Keywords: Nomads, nomadic education, military government of Nigeria, governmentality, decrees