International Journal of
Vocational and Technical Education

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Voc. Tech. Educ.
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 104

Full Length Research Paper

Appearance of good craftsmanship education in the development of Nigerian children

Femi Kayode*, T. L. Akinbogun and Bankole Ojo
Department of Industrial Design, Federal University of Technology, P. M. B. 704, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 March 2010
  •  Published: 30 April 2010



The people of developing countries, taking Nigeria as a case in hand are more of consumers of foreign technology than producers. This is affecting their gross domestic product (GDP). Many remain in poverty as they continue to borrow from the developed countries. Technological development is a function of creativity. The developed countries are quite aware of this and they have vigorously taken creative activities as priority. Observed is the trend that the modern Nigeria has lost the institution of good craftsmanship with the disappearance of the master craftsmen in art and design who patiently paid infinite attention to detail and perfection in the execution of their works. Since the present generation of children is born into a design-conscious and tool-using age, there is the need for creativity to be encouraged to foster from the home. This paper then argues the vital need for parents to expose their wards to art and design education, which the children need for better discovery of themselves and the needs of the world around them.


Key words: Scientific, tell-and-show, clay, traditional craftsmanship, creative modeling.