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Education Should Be FREE… & FUN!

Letter to every developing country,

Any country that is serious about national development must first invest (deliberately) in its education system. Why? Human output is a reflection of its consumption overtime. In other words; Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Why Should Education Be Free?

Before I address the above, I am asking why is education not already free.

  1. The government does not see education as a form of investment. (at least the majority of them do not)
  2. Politics is an obstacle to almost everything positive.
  3. Corruption, the godfather of the developing world as always render plans futile.

Why should education be free;

  1. The government owe its citizens that responsibility.
  2. It’s a way to reduce illiteracy level.
  3. It’s a way to encourage learning especially for those who want to but can’t afford it.

It’s not Fun? It’s not School

If you have ever seen the series titled “Billions”, you will be familiar with this conversation.

Children: Hello Dad! (hugs)

Dad: How was school today?

Children: (Chorus answer) Boring.

Dad: Great!

Great? Really!

The first time I heard this, I was shocked but I only reflected on it a week later and I got it! School = Boring

Parents see school as some ritual for their kids, kids see school as some compulsory but insignificant hell hole they must go through in life. This sort of mindset already builds a wall against absorption of knowledge before the students approach its gates.

In the end most people simply pass through school while others bold/rebellious enough drop out (only 0.02% grow up to be Steve Jobs). Without knowledge, you cannot achieve meaningful strides. Knowledge comes by learning, learning through education.

A university graduate once said on Facebook; ” Government should simply print more money to curb the ongoing recession “. I am yet to recover from that shock.

Education will be fun if…

  1. We make it about learning and less about competing.
  2. We have more practical classes than theory.
  3. We infuse the use of technological advancements to our teaching tools.
  4. We encourage effort and not just celebrate success (especially at primary and secondary level)

To do something same way and expect a different result they say is a definition of insanity

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When You Have Nothing to do

WhatsApp conversation between a girl and a guy…

Girl: heyy, wassup.

Guy: I am fine, been a while. How are you?

Girl: I am ok, I am just bored, nothing to do. Thot to chat you up so you could keep me occupied *big smile*

Guy: Too bad, I am not idle at the moment. Maybe I will chat you up if I ever have nothing to do. Talk later, byeee.

It is always funny to me when young adults complain of being idle or having nothing to do. I wonder how you have so much spare time on your hands. You do not need to be a workaholic to figure out that 24 hrs is really not enough time in a day. Continue reading “When You Have Nothing to do”

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Prepare Kids For Life (The Finnish Model)

“This is what we do every day,” says Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School Principal Kari Louhivuori, “prepare kids for life.”

It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards. One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. So he decided to hold the boy back a year, a measure so rare in Finland it’s practically obsolete.

Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. This 13-year-old, Besart Kabashi, received something akin to royal tutoring.

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Caution To The Wind…Complete Freedom

Mr Afolabi asks the lively and upbeat class a tricky question, “What is the difference between economic growth and development?” Suddenly the class becomes a football stadium observing one minute long silence, no one wants to speak not because they don’t know the answer (ok, most do not actually know) but because they afraid to get it wrong. Mr Afolabi then points to you sitting somewhere at the back of the class, you stand up and make up something reasonable but off point instead of staying numb. The teacher looks you in the eye and says Your brain is flooded with ignorance. (Nawa o!…I only got the answer wrong you say to yourself.) Continue reading “Caution To The Wind…Complete Freedom”

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The Paradigm shift…

So graciously I had the opportunity to speak to a set of youths- more than a half a thousand youths -students of a school in South West Nigeria; it was indeed a privilege to meet with such vibrant and interesting audience; thanks to OptionC group where I co-partner; thanks to Obaro Dave!

So I thought to share a copy of what we discussed with you; the major aim is to raise a take over youth- Change sure starts with You and I- we can do this!

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE- BASIC SKILLS REQUIRED TO COMPETE GLOBALLY

PRESENTED BY: CHUKS ‘KACHI ANITCHE

FOR: OPTION C GROUP

TARGET AUDIENCE: HIGH SCHOOL LEAVERS

Objective: Reshaping Perspective and raising a take- over youth!

Background: This dispensation and generation has been overtaken by a growing youth who are clueless, confused, distracted or attempting to be focused; some are overtaken by peer pressure, joined the bandwagon or are caught up in the vicious cycle of doing or studying the ‘norms’

Many youths today are forcefully focused, most times because they don’t have a drive as to where they are headed, thus they settle for anything- less; like the saying goes; ‘stand for nothing; fall for everything’; a category of youths are easily waylaid to focus on parental choices career wise (parental influence), limited career/course option in Nigerian schools, teachers unsolicited advice, etc.

The above reasons, over 90% of the time, have led to youths studying amiss; hence leading to a high rate of unsatisfied youths, less focused youths and sometimes drop outs. Our educational sector is not left out to blame; as we indeed need to revamp the sector in other to compete globally as Nigerian Youths.

All of these and more need to be revisited to compete globally.

Who is a Take- over Youth?

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9 things I was too stupid to learn at school

Let’s face it, school years are not the best years of your life, and most of us found our rhythm well after school. So the best thing that school can instill in you – other than basic academic and social skills – is curiosity. It doesn’t matter how good you are at something, if you’re curious enough you will find a way to become great at it. But without curiosity, you’re just a number in a

Source: 9 things I was too stupid to learn at school

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The Federal Government Hates Us!

“No country can really be developed unless its citizens are educated” – Nelson Mandela.

This article was written with pure pain and disgust,while there are a number of reasons for this mood, the 2017 budget tops the list!

I do not intend to analyze the whole budget due to lack of expertise on my part, but the education sector allocation struck a chord! In other words, I could not ignore it. I went into hours of research comparing statistics from developed and developing nations. My conclusion is…The Government Hates Us!

We would prioritize investment in human capital development especially in education and health – Presidency.

Yet somehow the capital expenditure on education is one of the lowest, I’m confused. For a nation where none of its universities is among the top 800 (I stand to be corrected) in the world, it is laughable that we still neglect that sector.

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