4th industrial revolution: advantage of solid education, hard work and good character
In the words of Chef Razaq Akanni Okoya, billionaire industrialist, chairman of Eleganza Group and real estate investment company RAO: “I have nothing against education. But sometimes education gives people false confidence. It encourages people to relax, to trust in the power of their certificates rather than to work hard. The business mogul’s opinions are unquestionably beyond reproach, given his leaps and bounds and accomplishments.
“Education is still the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” as Nelson Mandela, the great anti-apartheid revolutionary, rightly noted. Not only high grades, prestigious diplomas and a job with high salaries later in life, education means much more than anything else – the formation of character is based on six pillars – reliability, respect, responsibility , fairness, benevolence and citizenship and all of these can only be instilled in a child through proper education.
Therefore, from passing a job interview with maximum self-confidence to rational decision-making in the different phases of life to being able to tell the difference between white, black and gray, basic school education becomes indispensable. to create a noble human being. When a child enters the classroom for the first time and sits on a chair behind the desk, the child is introduced to the window of knowledge to make their life brighter. It is beyond good and bad handwriting or getting homework done on time or having correct spelling.
It may be at school that a child first tastes success and failure, good manners and bad habits, friendship and competition, compassion and caring. , jealousy and arrogance. The child gradually develops a mental manual of what to do and what not to do, what to accept and absorb and what to reject and refuse, how and when to react, and that becomes a life lesson for him.
Interestingly, school education and its goals if we evaluate our educational system, the basic or primary level in school happens to be the most important because of its vital goals which become the foundations of life.
From learning the art of thinking critically, to striving to achieve higher standards, to overcoming challenges and developing citizenship and core values, to socializing, school education offers it all. . Engaging a child always remains the primary focus of elementary education, as it opens the door to new avenues and new chances for every child to shine.
Undoubtedly, school education is a necessity for all children as it ensures the development of their cognitive, social, emotional, cultural and physical skills, preparing them for other academic careers, shaping their character, developing their personality and preparing them for the challenges of life. A good knowledge of language and arithmetic, values and ethics helps a child grow in all aspects and succeed in all spheres of professional and personal life.
In light of recent revelations, particularly the Chrisland school scandal, we must also be careful about what we attribute to events in Nigeria. We are also living in a new era. Although I’m not a huge fan of many reality TV shows, the reality is this; Big Brother is an entrepreneurial company that is part of the entertainment industry in well-organized companies.
Unfortunately, and like everything else we import, consumers are “poorly educated” and “poorly prepared” psychologically to properly discern the nuances associated with these imported activities. It is the same with our political system, business ethics (eg principles and ethical aspects of the privatization of public goods which are very strong and intransigent in Western societies)!
If we believe, for example, that business, in the form of broadcasts or otherwise, should not be aired, then we would have moved into the realm of sanction and censorship. In fact, we would not allow free access to phones, internet and related facilities like Facebook, Instagram etc. by young people in this country, nor would we require a proficiency test before they are allowed to use or own the facilities. It’s not a show or an installation that’s bad, it’s rather the mentality in society that needs to be honed and that starts with education – that is, mental education, physical and spiritual. We destroyed the system that was designed for that, unfortunately.
In conclusion, this is a time for sober reflection, solemnity and evaluation of our activities, leading to the big question:-
Do parents understand the cultural shift that has taken place that influences the mental, physical and spiritual states of their children in relation to the world today – not their world when they were the age of their children? ?
Can today’s sixties compare a world ten years old today to his when he was ten (that is, fifty years ago)?
Until we strive to understand that the world has changed and that raising children in the digital and STEM-driven age requires different tactics and new learnings, we will never know how to manage our children in the future. ‘coming. Our parents also struggled with our own world and found a solution that suited the times! Work needs to be done!
Stemming from the above, it is amazing that we have lost our values and morality that got us to where we are today. Our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and to some extent some 21st century parents are looking at Big Brother Naija with reckless abandon. So why are we crying wolf where there are none?
RISE UP O COMATRIOTS.
Richard Odusanya is a social reform crusader and the organizer of the AFRICA COVENANT RESCUE INITIATIVE ACRI.