Goals of Citizenship Education

Citizenship denotes the relationship between an individual and the country in which they reside, entailing full constitutional rights. The overarching goals of citizenship encompass the preparation of individuals for leadership roles, the sustenance of democracy, the education of youth regarding their duties and obligations, and the fostering of national unity. Acquiring citizenship can occur through […]

Citizenship denotes the relationship between an individual and the country in which they reside, entailing full constitutional rights. The overarching goals of citizenship encompass the preparation of individuals for leadership roles, the sustenance of democracy, the education of youth regarding their duties and obligations, and the fostering of national unity.

Acquiring citizenship can occur through various methods, each dependent on the type of citizenship sought:

  1. Citizenship by Birth: Occurs when an individual is born within the borders of a country or to parents who are both citizens of that specific country.
  2. Citizenship by Registration: Can be achieved through marriage or adopting a foreign child. The Ministry of Internal Affairs oversees matters related to marriage for citizenship.
  3. Citizenship by Naturalization: Involves a foreigner choosing to become a citizen of a country. This decision requires the foreigner to have resided in the country for at least 15 years, take the oath of allegiance (in the case of Nigeria), and, if the person is under 21 years after spending 15 years in Nigeria, they may not be granted citizenship.
  4. Dual Citizenship: Arises when a child is born in a foreign country but to a parent who is a citizen of another country, resulting in the individual holding dual citizenship.

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