EDUCATION: THE KEY TO FREEDOM AND SECURITY __
In a natural phenomenon, a newly born child is not taught before committing an evil deed, he bites the nipple of his mothers' breast and smiles to the mother. It is, therefore, true that all human are born evil and the organization of human beings made up the world, and complex to live because of the multiplication of human evil deeds. It is pertinent to note that the newly born child will then transition from one stage to another and in the process, he cannot be void or empty, hence the need for education.
In Nigeria and many developing nations of the world, the major indicator that makes them different from the developed nations in education. In the South-Western and North-Eastern part of Nigeria, the major indicator that distinguishes them is the level of education. Education in the developed countries has illuminated the mind of citizens which result in sustainable living that is evidenced today. Also, the percentage of educated citizens in the South-Western part of Nigeria that is known for peace today is quite more than that of the North-Eastern part of Nigeria where terrorism and killings are predominant. To avert terror acts, violence, and killings, there is a need to embrace education. It will bring about sustainable living.
Education is a term that was derived from the Latin word educator educare which means to bring up, to develop, to educate fully all the potentialities of an individual. According to the Oxford Dictionary, education is the process of passing or delivering intellectual, moral, and social instruction directly or indirectly to acquire knowledge, sound attributes and attitude, and values that should be possessed by individual to make life sustainable.
Education is a process that begins immediately a man is born and terminates immediately after death. Whatever the dead will encounter in the grave is dependent on how his mind and thoughts have been illuminated. Education is light that illuminates the heart and shapes the revelations of the mind. The relevance of education cannot be far-fetched from or beyond making the world sustainable. It is a means of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger that was itemized in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), hence “Illiteracy Perpetuate Poverty”.
The process of instilling education can either be through the direct or indirect process or both processes. It is a direct process when the student is being trained by parents or elder family members in the home, teachers in school or any other person in the environs. It is an indirect process in the sense that student learns personally from natural phenomenon; for instance, a five-year-old child that encountered animals mating will have the understanding that sexual intercourse existence.
However, the dynamics of sexual intercourse may remain unknown without a direct education process. It is, therefore, crucial to emphasize direct education which will always give light to the glimpse of junks that were conjured in the mind of a child through an indirect process of education.
In this write-up, direct education shall be referred to as formal education. It can be clearly stated that the degree of educated citizens in a location is significant the level of development which is captured by the following indices: improvement in the general welfare of the entire society, reduced unemployment, reduced personal and regional inequalities, reduced poverty, improvement in production, improvement in health, improvement in housing, social and political consciousness of the citizen, reduced pollution and environmental degradation. These and many among other positive indices are attributed to an atmosphere where the majority of the dwellers are formally educated. Education increases citizen's participation in governance such that good governance will become realizable.
Finally, to realize sustainable living and overall development, education should be made available to human beings as freedom or right. From the Holy Bible (Matthew chapter 12 Verse 34-35) “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him”. Depositing of good attributes in man is done in stages, particularly from birth. This process is referred to as education. Therefore, realizing sustainable living is dependent on the number of good things stored up in a man through direct education.
Culled from Adeniran Adetayo (Founder of BUTY GLOBAL)
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