THE IMPERATIVES OF EDUCATION
There is no gainsaying that education is key. In point of fact, it’s the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. These are by no means my words, but that of the great iconic legend, Late Nelson Mandela. He was a legend whose heydays spewed out emancipation shrouded with doggedness and tenacity. His utterance lucidly spells out the veracity that he pictured education as the cornerstone for the comprehensive development of our world. Carefully analysing our world today, Nigeria in particular, it seems quite a few reason with Nelson Mandela’s claim.
Education in all its facets is one of the fundamental factors of change. It plays a pivotal role in the development of Nations and can be seen as central to political advancement of any country that anticipates developmental change. This role explains how education helps nations to have enhanced life quality and a better standard of living. The capacity of education to provide broad economic and social benefits can be deciphered from high level of productivity and creativity it promotes among people which facilitates increased social progress and economic efficiency.
Education refers to the development of people by instilling good judgement, values and attitudes as well as empowering them with skills and knowledge that would prepare them for the challenges ahead. Since education covers wide realms of human life, it presupposes that specialization in diverse field of studies, change in state and status, opportunities for greater exposure and innovations are enhanced thereby transforming the society to provide new possibilities and hope for the future. This informs the reason education is placed as the fourth goal in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations to provide inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all and achieve sustainable development by the year 2030.
Therefore, education system is designed to teach people how to meet changing dimensions in their immediate environment. For this reason, schools are established as revenues to propel the transformation needed in the larger world through the processes of discovery, discussion and invention. A good example is the emergence of Information Communication and Technology (ICT), made possible through education, which has revolutionized all sectors of economy such as agriculture, manufacturing, energy, power , tourism, oil and gas and even in education itself there by heralding a digital era in the world.
The resultant effect can be seen in the tremendous improvement in the quality of life of the people. For instance, the introduction of communication system has reduces the problems of having to travel along distance to pay a friend a visit only to meet his absence. Modern mechanized farming had led to increase in the output of agriculture products. Also, the Advent of formal education in different parts of the globe had made people able to read , write and speak fa oreign language and learn in no-small measures, from the wealth of knowledge of other nations.
From the foregoing, it is Crystal clear that more education will – no doubt- raise the hope for change in the world higher for there is a clear nexus between quality education and less socio-economic and political problems. Nelson Mandela was therefore right to have asserted that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.