The word education emanated from two Latin words “Educere” and“Educare” which means “Identifying a child’s potentials, capabilities, proficiencies or talents, (innate) and lead or draw out and nurture or develop to fruition. That is, transform the child (learner) into “an informed, exposed and rounded person.”
The just-concluded 20th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja offered practical solutions on how the nation’s ailing education sector can be revamped and better repositioned to bring about the much-desired development. It was, no doubt, a rich platform for brainstorming, frank talk, and exchange of ideas and passing of resolutions to really make a difference in the polity.
Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, started his young-adulthood as a seminary student with the intention of one day becoming a priest. During his spiritual odyssey, something hedged him off-track and he became one of the most heinously wicked men etched in the spine of history. Why did he renege on his first love? We may never know. Russian Joseph Stalin was a church boy who had the intention of becoming a pastor, but young Stalin was run off-track and later coiled into the cocoon of atheism. Why did he renege? We may never know.
The Boko Haram menace has certainly become a national calamity that deserves more attention, not only from the security agencies but also from every Nigerian and more importantly the royal fathers, who are at a vantage position to nip the problem in the bud. This call became imperative due to the failure of law enforcement agents and state apparatus to successfully tame this monster that is gradually turning the North-|East into a killing field. This wickedness has exposed the leadership ineptitude at the highest level.
Besides the fact that God showered this country with abundant endowment with regards to mineral and natural resources, the most awesome gifts are the human capital resources and assets of this country. Even though for obvious reasons, the rest of the world is always trying to malign Nigeria and give her names – even those countries that owe their very existence today as a nation to the sacrifices that this country made – yet, there are very few of them that can do without this great country.
I shook my head in disbelief as I read the details of the parlous state of the facilities in some Ghanaian universities and how desperate Nigerian students, seeking university education, fall prey to many of these sub-standard universities. Records from the Nigerian embassy in Ghana have it that about 110,000 Nigerians are studying in Ghana with approximately N160 billion being paid by them according to Wale Babalakin, Chairman, Committee of pro-chancellors of Nigerian Universities.
The centenary of the founding of the Nigerian state is something to be celebrated. But more than that, it calls for deep and profound reflection for the simple reason that a hundred years is a life time. Whatever may be the shades of opinions on the preparation for the celebration of this event, no one will doubt its momentous nature. There is therefore the urgent need to insert reflective thought into the celebrations. James Baldwin gives us a critical insight: ‘There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation.
As we march towards the much anticipated Year 2015, the electioneering time, the heat, without doubt, is on. Considering the political crises in some parts of the country, one does not need to be a soothsayer to predict that the coming days would be grouchy for motherland. Except on a few occasions, historically, elections in the country have always been plagued with troubles, pains and sorrows. Several lives and properties have been lost, in times past, to electioneering skirmishes in various parts of the country.
It begins with the language spoken in the home. It is often the case that parents who share the same Nigerian language speak English to their children at home even when the children are just babies and toddlers. This is a waste of the child’s wide repertoire for learning new things, including new languages. Various psychologists and socio-linguists opine that every child is imbued with an innate ability to acquire a language. What parents need to do is place that child in close proximity to the language and the child would pick it up effortlessly.
It is barely three months ago when the Australian Government took the Australian Capital Territory government to court over same-sex marriage which the ACT had voted to permit. The ACT had legislated same-sex marriage to law which the Australian federal government opposed. The Australian Federal High Court in December 2013 agreed with the Australian federal government that marriage laws are guided by the Australian federal government and not the states and territories. Hence, the ACT law had no locus standi and not legal.