By Odiwuor Opiyo
JOS, NOVEMBER 29, 2022 (CISA) – The Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria (ACSN) has “unanimously agreed to encourage all parents, schools, and Christian and Islamic religious leaders, to rise to defend morality from being poisoned by Western ideologies on issues of sexuality in the name of Sex Education or Family Life and Health Education.”
In a communique that came at the end of a meeting held at the Nigerian Bible Translation Trust (NBTT) in Jos Plateau on November 25, ACSN said “there is a deliberate and calculated global drive to influence curriculum content in Nigeria in ways that impose value systems alien to us as a people and as a nation in gender and sexuality issues, subtly.”
“We must assert our rights as a people in a post-colonial context to determine basic and crucial parameters such as curriculum contents in our schools. Under no circumstances should we trade away our rights but rather assert them with all dignity, pride, and grave importance,” said ACSN also in support of Hon Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, on the removal of the curriculum on sexuality education.
ACSN asserted that the Honorable minister acted rather proactively as a leader and father to protect the Nigerian children in their formative years.
According to ACSN, sponsors of the poisonous and toxic curriculum “are using gullible and highly placed individuals to fund and introduce into the Nigerian Curriculum strange and inimical values that will prevent us from raising our children on issues of purity and virginity,” adding that, “the societies where this kind of curriculum and funding are coming from are finding it difficult to handle the aftermaths as a society and we do not want to be exposed to the same challenges and repercussions.”
ACSN, which brings together proprietors of various denominational schools, faith-based private schools, principals, head teachers, leaders of parents’ teachers’ fellowships/ associations, school chaplains and other stakeholders, “called on all parents, schools and religious bodies to examine critically the content of any curriculum and reject publicly immoral information even in approved textbooks that are obscene, unnatural and laced with perversion in the name of sex education.”
“We need to secure our children’s minds and identity and preserve our cultural heritage from strange ideologies from other cultures that promote strange moral and perverted sex and confused identities. The current comprehensive sex education materials are doing that exactly,” they maintained.