Monday, September 27, 2010

What about your own education?

Last week, we started an interesting discourse on “What is Education?” Some readers took out time to respond and share their views. What does your education mean to you? Is it preparing you to be competent in what you do?

Education in Nigeria encourages most of us to stop at classroom learning. I realized in college that there was a need to complement my classroom with experiential learning. The type of education I received is one that emphasized so much on succeeding in the classroom and graduating with the best result. This in itself is not a bad idea. However, what is a first class certificate without an ability to translate it into a first class life?

A couple of students the other day shrieked in alarm when they saw an advertisement requesting for students with first class result to apply for internship placement. Their argument was that first class students are not necessarily the best for the job- because they spend a lot of time cramming without taking out time to reflect on how these theories work in practice. Where does one find the balance?

Education as a process

“Education is a process of creating and liberating the mind for social functions” Destiny I. Samuels Ogoja C.R.S

Internship to augment classroom learning

Chioma Chukwuneta, Abuja, in an email wrote, “Volunteerism and internships are areas our nation is yet to explore and also the concept of learning by doing… While an undergraduate, my holidays were spent in libraries because I thought I had no opportunity to do anything else apart from reading to make good grades. This cause is going to bring a lot of change to the mindset of many youths and help them in early development of their skills.

Education is continuous

Every soul on earth is educated. The scope of education goes far beyond attending universities. Right from the day we were born to our last day on earth we are directly and indirectly been educated in one aspect of life or the other and at the same time ignorant or uneducated in one aspect of life or the other. We only go to school to enhance our level of education not because we are uneducated. Muh’d Awwal Yunusa. Minna Niger State.

Nigerian Education system needs revamping

“…I just went through your column on education in the nations newspapers now. It is sad to note that while in advanced economies emphasis is on producing entrepreneur, over here we keep going on incessant strike and producing half-baked graduates who could hardly write correct sentences, let alone solves practical societal problems. I guess the difference lies in the premium place on education in the two world. Keep up the good job. Tony

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