Integrating social justice education for a just and egalitarian society: Pushing beyond the boundaries of possibilities in Nigerian education
Chia Ogheneovo Esther
The global trend of human rights abuse and the need to promote global competence calls for an education that is all encompassing and inclusive for all the diverse groups and populations represented in the classroom. Education should bridge the gap of social inequalities that exists in the society. Education in Nigeria is aimed at building a just and egalitarian society, social justice education provides a force necessary for pushing beyond the boundaries of possibilities in Nigerian education. Teaching for social justice provides a theoretical approach to educating students on their rights, injustices around them and the global community. Thus providing a voice to the marginalized and building an egalitarian and just society. The paper, utilizes the literature review methodology, highlights the conceptual clarifications of terms, evolution of social justice education, goals, features, and elements of social justice education in a just and egalitarian society. The paper, also examined the principles, roles and the needs of building a well-balanced and informed citizenry through social justice education and its influence in achieving a just and egalitarian society in Nigeria. This paper clearly shows the need for our educational systems to constantly work to ensure a more democratic learning environment, justice and fairness to all while tenaciously seeking more objective ways to promote and achieve our national set goals and objectives.