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6 Things Every Educational System Should Emphasize (Facets of True Education)



  The importance of education cannot be downplayed in the life of any human being. The true meaning of education has not been quite understood by our educational systems even here in Nigeria where I write this article from where emphasis is laid mostly on knowledge and skill acquisition than on the other important facets. ... Continue Reading

 

The importance of education cannot be downplayed in the life of any human being. The true meaning of education has not been quite understood by our educational systems even here in Nigeria where I write this article from where emphasis is laid mostly on knowledge and skill acquisition than on the other important facets.

 

Every dictionary will likely tell you like: “education is the process or art of imparting knowledge, skills and judgment.” That’s what the definition looks like in every simple dictionary. Education to me should also involve the formation of ‘character’ and the impartation of ‘moral excellence’. True education should encompass the following:

1. Acquisition of knowledge

The first and most general facet of education is the acquisition of knowledge from those that have earlier discovered or acquired the knowledge. True education should largely involve the impartation of knowledge. When you go to school and you’re not getting anything or learning something new, then you’re not being educated. It’s as simple as that. If you are getting an education, you should be getting new knowledge.

2. Skill acquisition

If you have a skill, then it simply means that you possess the ability to do something well, and this ability is usually gained through training or experience. I have learnt and acquired a lot of skills while in school ranging from the use of a lot of important computer software that have particular relationships with my field of study and even beyond to other useful manual skills that are needed to cope in life. So, education goes beyond knowledge acquisition to receiving training and gaining experience in the use of one or two skills.

3. Character development

The importance of this facet cannot be over-emphasized and this is where the Nigerian educational system is greatly lacking. Very few Nigerian primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions care about the formation of the student’s character. Moral decadence is quite a serious problem in Nigeria. Even though many of us criticize the methods of schools like Covenant University, I really do think that Nigeria needs more schools like that.

4. Leadership development

Leaders are needed in every society especially in a developing one like Nigeria and they are not born but made. Development of the leadership potential in every student in school should be considered as equally very important in every educational system. Though not everyone must lead, everyone should be given a chance since the potential is innate in us all.

5. Entrepreneurship development

This is essentially important for a nation like ours. Nigeria is in dire need of entrepreneurs and our development will be largely determined by how much we can produce innovative entrepreneurs. If financial education is taught in schools, a lot will change in the economy of Nigeria.

6. Spiritual development

This may sound more or less religious to a number of us but I would like us to look at it from a different point of view. Many of us cannot deny that a lot of our morally sound friends in school are ‘spiritual’ people. While I will leave this aspect of ‘spirituality’ for us to define in our ways, I must stress that the benefits of spiritual development cannot be overlooked.

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