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Childhood philosophy: a CASE for environmental ethics at basic education in Nigeria (Africa)


The need to instil philosophical thinking in children is supported by the phrase ‘catch them young’. Children do have inquisitive mind which is one of the bulks philosophers are made. To harness this virtue through the introduction of philosophy at the basic education levels will be a great milestone in the quest for human development and environmental protection and sustainability. Thus this paper believes that such will equip the future leaders with critical thinking tools necessary in a fast and dynamic society faced with serious climate change challenges.

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  1. Here the works of Forman (1972) Murris (1992) and Murris and Haynes (2000, 2002) are good starts. There are also many local versions of some of such stories and others can be adapted following normal procedures. Cutter-Mackenzie and Edwards (2013) had suggested the play-way method through which children could grasp the message of climate change. They believed that the iterative use of the play-way method with content knowledge associated with environmental education would provide a good framework for thinking about how environmental education and early childhood education might be well integrated.


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Nneji, B. Childhood philosophy: a CASE for environmental ethics at basic education in Nigeria (Africa). International Journal of Ethics Education 5, 197–210 (2020).

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