It has become almost cliched to say that the biggest issue Nigeria has today is the issue of education. The question is how do we begin to solve the problem, and from what level. There is little value in complaining on end about the issue. And indeed there is a great misunderstanding on hand.
The problem with the educational sector is multifaceted and complicated. There is the problem of segregation and class, whereby our children are no longer mixing and learning from each other irrespective of class as used to be the case. There is the problem of curriculum too. But at the base of it all is the collapse of our public schools.
Tertiary Education For Productivity and Development Impact Initiative.TEPDII.org
The tertiary education sector is meant to be a problem-solver, not a victim. Every course of study is meant to take a hard look at society and begin to make salutary impact in areas that matter. For too long our education – especially at the tertiary level, has been all about acquisition of bragging rights. Nigerians are adept at acquiring certificates aplenty but our society has been on reverse. Now is the time to surge forward.
NEXT TO EDUCATION, THE ENVIRONMENT IS THE PLACE TO START THE REPOSITIONING OF THE MINDS OF OUR PEOPLE.
Agenda For EnvironmentalSustainability
ForProductivity and Development. gesprodfoundation.org
Nigeria and many sub-Saharan African countries are yet to appreciate the importance of the environment in almost every facet of life. Nigeria presents a particularly bad case in view of our comparatively large population and high levels of illiteracy and ignorance about environmental factors.
There is also a factor in play; the fact that we jump in at the very top, by being absorbed with equally serious issues of the moment such as Global Warming but we neglect the basic issues of the environment.