By Anjola Oladele
Education is the best way for any society to be out of poverty. So, a country must take education as a paramount thing in preparing the future of their country ahead.
Education can be defined as the wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying a particular subject matter or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something. Education is very important in the life of any individual. It can come in different ways; formal, informal and non-formal.
Formal education takes place within the four walls of the classroom and it can be in different stages of the institutions of learning; primary, secondary and tertiary institution. Teachers/lecturers are assigned for different subject, and they are expected to guide, direct and assess the pupils/students in acquiring knowledge in both cognitive [the head], psychomotor [hand] and affective [heart] domains of learning.
Informal education takes place in the home and within the environment of a person. The culture also affects the impact of an informal education. Informal education is when you are not studying in a school and do not use any particular learning method. In this type of education, conscious efforts are not involved. It is neither pre-planned nor deliberate. It may be learned at some marketplace, hotel or at home. It was a form of education in the olden days and it is still been practiced now but not has prominent as then, because formal education has taken over more.
Non-formal education includes adult basic education, adult literacy education or school equivalency preparation.
Education, when put in relation to Nigeria’s future, the success looks vague. The government needs to take full responsibility for the funding of quality education in Nigeria. This should be their primary duty, knowing that the future of Nigeria depends on it. Even though some effort has been made by the Government by subsidizing the school fees of government schools, millions of children still struggle to go to school in Nigeria. These children are deprived of their right to education, which should be the basic right of every child. Quality education that will ultimately determine a better future for the nation requires a lot of funds and commitment to make it a reality.
Children are the future of any country and once they are deprived of education, the country has the tendency to be backward. Currently, Nigeria has about 13 million estimated children out-of-school, and these children are tagged the “leaders of tomorrow”, but how can the out-of-school children become leaders, without being literate? This is a huge number, noting that the future of Nigeria is not fully guaranteed without education.
Nigeria has a long way to go in determining a guaranteed future with education. Nigeria leaders need to be more responsible and take education as a priority. Education is still a great tool in determining a guaranteed future.
Not focusing on the government alone, Parents need to also make conscious efforts in ensuring that their wards go to school, thereby giving Nigeria a future through educating their children. They should also give birth to the number of children they can raise and provide for in order not to add to the number of school drop outs and so they can be well catered for. We can’t always blame government for everything. Parents also have a major part to play in this.
Individuals build nations. An educated person has a lot to offer a nation. The quest for education should be on the increase, being tenacious, not relenting despite struggles.
Quality Education in all forms should therefore be the central focus as it determines a better future for our country, Nigeria.