August 12th 2019, marks the International Youth Day with the theme “Transforming Education “. In response to this, The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has resolved practical solutions in solving the educational crisis ongoing in the country and the positive impacts of Education in the country which could ideally serve as a means in reducing the crime rates in Nigeria.
The Constituted President of the council Comrade Bello Bala Shagari raised his concern in the Educational crisis in Nigeria and the Continent at large in a press statement.
“Africa is the most youthful continent in the world with more than 200 million youth aged 15 to 24, and creating productive employment options for all these young people is essential for the future of the continent. The quality of education in Africa, however, remains a point of concern.”
“A well-educated and skilled workforce is essential to many investors and employers, and we’ve seen that several employers across the African continent have been highly critical of the fact that there’s an absolute lack of basic and technical education and the skills of graduates.”
“Between the 1950s and 1990s, African countries finally regained their independence. With this recovered freedom, they began to rebuild their traditional forms of education. What had inevitably evolved, however, was a hybrid of the two models. With the collaboration of donor agencies and Western demand, pushes for development of African education and the building of human capital dominated global conversation.”
“Every human being needs oxygen to survive in the world. Education is as important as this because education gives people the knowledge and skills they require. Education is important to people of all ages and it has no limit. Children require education in order for them to learn how to speak and to write.”
“The education system in Nigeria has come to a crossroad, and throughout history, we’ve never seen more students enrolled in schools across Nigeria . As such, that’s good news, but the education infrastructure, available study materials, and the number of well-trained and qualified teachers have in no way kept pace with the rapidly growing demand.”
“Increased student numbers have outpaced education funding by far, resulting in a drastic overuse of available facilities, extreme shortage of instructional supplies, and poorly equipped libraries across Nigeria .”
“To address Nigerian’s education crisis, the governments must implement policies that reduce poverty in rural areas, such as improving infrastructure, health and sanitation conditions, and modernizing the agricultural sector. While urbanization is certainly good for Nigerian’s industrialization and economic growth, a synergy between rural and urban development needs to be maintained if the quality of education in rural Nigeria is to be improved. Nigerian governments can also provide incentives, such as an additional bonus for teachers who accept positions to teach in rural schools. For their part, Nigeria’sdevelopment partners could support initiatives and programs that specifically target rural schools in order to help improve learning outcomes in those areas.”
“The continent’s education crisis is serious and it adversely affects rural areas more than urban ones. African governments and their development partners should not underestimate the long-term consequences of continued poverty and socioeconomic inequalities in rural areas. These conditions will only continue to exacerbate the education and learning gaps between rural and urban African schoolchildren. And in turn, poor quality education in rural areas will only continue to perpetuate long-term poverty in the region. It is a vicious cycle that African countries and international donors must work together to solve.”