22 Jan Hope in Education written by Atanda Halimat
Education began with teaching the art of reading and writing, and nothing beyond that. In our world today, it entails so much more than just learning to read and write. It involves critical thinking, problem solving, knowledge implementation, self-learning, design thinking, etc. An education system is only considered successful if and when it has positively influenced the lives of its subjects in more ways than one, equipping them with the ability to develop and sustain themselves, this is referred to as education for sustainable development (ESD). It emphasizes that the purpose of education goes beyond academics alone, and it should include imparting knowledge on politics, socialization and the economy to make the world a better place for its occupants and also to preserve nature.
Here’s a story of June, an art-loving 6-year-old girl from an unstable home. She is young but mature enough to know that she didn’t enjoy staying at home for a longer portion of the day. The thought of school always gave her a sense of hope and something to look forward to. It also made her sad since she was never allowed to practice her drawing as much as she wanted. Even though her learning environment was not very exciting, it was better than listening to the endless arguments of her parents. Her school -poorly furnished, unorganized with undercompensated teachers and a curriculum that doesn’t encourage art -was her safe haven.
Imagine a school with a more conducive environment, well-paid teachers, furnished classrooms with required technological equipment and a curriculum that allocates a certain period of time for students to explore. That is indeed a beautiful picture. With that picture as a reality, other students in the same condition as June or even worse would derive pleasure from school. They would always be excited to learn something new, their minds would be readily open to several possibilities and at the end of every school day, they would have learnt something valuable that will live in them forever. These feelings of hope and anticipation contribute tremendously to the success and failures of students in an educational system.
Education systems need to bridge the several gaps they contain by properly compensating teachers to boost their morale; equipping learning environment to the technological standard in order to bring joy to students and make them eager to go to school; and also spicing up the curriculum to contain socio-economically beneficial subjects as well as subjects that cuts across all interests known to man as this will build self confidence and encourage students to feel responsible for the progress of their community. The greater the hope and anticipation of a student, the easier it is for him/her to be receptive to suggestions and criticisms, and the more likely he/she is to succeed. The success of education ultimately determines the sustainable development of an economy.
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