International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Promoting Peaceful Co-Existence and Religious Tolerance through Supplementary Readers and Reading Comprehension Passages in Basic Education Curriculum
Dr. (Mrs) Hanna Onyi Yusuf

The paper discusses ways of promoting peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance through literacy in Basic Education. The paper also highlights ways the tenets of peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance can be included in titles of supplementary reading materials and reading comprehension passages of the reading component of the English Language Curriculum for Basic Education. The paper suggests that schools should adopt a holistic and integral approach in promoting peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance by encouraging students to engage in meaningful activities such as dramatization, miming, singing, poetry, projects and exchanges to heighten local, national and global awareness of individual, cultural and religious differences. The more children are exposed to reading materials that promote positive images of other people’s culture, religion, uniqueness, social identity etc, the less they are likely to find faults with one another and the more they are able to live and work together (as future adults) for the benefits of mankind and for the good of the society.

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