SHOULD GETTING QUALITY EDUCATION BE SUCH A BIG THING IN OUR SOCIETY
In Nigeria, an estimated 13.2 million children are out of school. The education sector has suffered lots of challenges including, high illiteracy level, infrastructural deficit and decay, unqualified teachers, and inadequate instructional materials.
“My mummy say money no dey. Aunty you no go buy water?” The boy was obviously concerned about the time being wasted.
I brought out my wallet, fetched two N200 notes and handed one to each of them.
“Aunty change no dey o. How many you wan buy?” I looked from the girl to her brother and felt my heart break. “What of your father?”
“Him dey catch fish.” Though the girl appeared to be more talkative.
They didn’t look so much in a hurry anymore. For some reasons, these kids evoked emotions so strong in me that, I was momentarily choked. They looked too young to be on the streets hawking, exposed to such hustle and bustle at their early age. Their families were being ravaged by illiteracy, and these innocent children were caught in the web.
Young people have an enormous stake in the present and future state of the nation. Almost half of the human population is under the age of 30. Young people are valuable resources of energy, time, and knowledge and must not be misdirected towards violence, terrorism, socially-isolating technologies, and unsustainable consumption, civilization risks destabilization. Yet, powerful opportunity exist for any society when young people can participate positively in all aspects of sustainable development. In order to do so, we must invest in quality education for young people.
An interview with Damiete Seki Lawson, a 400 level student at the University of Port Harcourt shined lights to the situation of education in the country. In her word “education is the process of facilitating learning or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits”. “The responsibility of ensuring accessible, quality education falls on everyone. Thus, certain challenges are faced by young people in the country.
1) Lackadaisical or nonchalant attitudes on the part of the society towards investment in education
2) Lack of funds for formal and technical education
3) Unwillingness to learn or to be teachable on the part of those who needs education
But, we can change the narrative through:
1) A change in attitude. “Everyone should see education as very important “
2) A subsidy in funding of formal and technical education
3) Readiness to learn and be taught
4) Regardless of any challenges, education should continue. Educated people should educate others. Everyone should be willing to learn as no one is an island of knowledge…
Education is important in every sense of the word. Education is light. It is a pathfinder.
One of the primary roles of education is to build and sustain individual growth and society’s development. It renews and improves the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of any nation. Education upgrades the living standard of citizens and enables people to become better and more productive citizens. It is a human right that creates a safe, healthy and prosperous society. It changes the visions and perspectives of individuals, enhances critical decision making skills and improves democracy. Indeed education is paramount and a necessary requirement for all-round development.
Everyone has the right to good education. When young people are educated, they are more likely to be aware of their rights and better able to make meaningfully contribute to the development of the country. More so, education provides young people with vital skills and critical thinking confidence, creating a healthy balance for an equal and prosperous life.
Written by Amadi O. Vinaprisca