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Traditionalists urge FG to make traditional religious knowledge a subject to be taught in schools

Mar 27, 2024

Traditional Religion Worshippers’ Association have urged both the Federal and State Governments to make traditional religious knowledge (TRK) a subject to be taught in schools.

The Secretary of the Oyo State branch of the association, Fayemi Fakayode, made this call on Wednesday, March 27, in Ibadan.

He called on the government to include traditional religious knowledge as a subject in the primary and secondary school curricula like Islamic Religious Knowledge and Christian Religious Knowledge.  According to him, this is to impart the younger generation with the Yoruba culture and tradition.

Fakayode, in a statement personally signed, stressed the need for proper education to disabuse the minds of the younger generation about Yoruba history and antecedents. He explained that the miseducation of Africans about their origin and culture had led to many wrong perceptions about their traditional religion.

The secretary, who is the Founder of Olodumare’s Temple of Light International, said, “We made this call during the installation of two Brazilians, Awoyomi Fakayode and Iyanifa Ifatayo Obemo as Mayegun and Yeye Mayegun of Ìjọ Ìmọ́lẹ̀ Olódùmarè Àgbáyé, respectively, on Sunday at Alade Town in the Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

“The time has come for both the Federal and State Governments to include TRK as a subject in the primary and secondary school curriculum, like they have the IRK and CRK, respectively. There is a need for proper education to impart to the younger generations the needed knowledge of our traditions and religion. 

“Also, there is a need to equip the younger generations with culturally based knowledge which will make them useful for themselves and their land as well as implanting in them the spirit of patriotism that will make them unyielding to the spirit of betraying their ancestors.

“We call on the traditionalists to start making efforts to establish this subject in our primary and secondary schools, while the Federal and State Governments will give it the needed support by approving its inclusion in the school’s syllabus and curriculum.” 

He said with TRK, children would not be taught about their own religion, culture, tradition, and history by foreigners and those from other religions, who have painted the religion in bad light to lure them away.

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