From closed doors to open books iñ Akwa Ibom’s education challenge.
Dilapidated school buildings, overcrowded classrooms, inadequate instruction, poor teacher training, and a lack of textbooks plague education in some public schools in Akwa Ibom. Students struggle to learn under such conditions. We observed with sadness the gradual loss nearly reaching a halt of the knowledge of history and culture. Children could not answer basic questions as required of their level. Education for sustainable development met with the reality of what goes on behind the walls of some public schools in Akwa Ibom. This inequity in access needs to be addressed. The quality of education is also poor: the disastrous lack of trained teachers and literacy facilitators is a key factor in this.
Tackling this quality teacher gap must be an urgent priority for extending the provision and improving the quality of education in Akwa Ibom. There is also the need for comprehensive and coherent policy frameworks to expand literacy and youth and adult education, which should be prioritised within national development plans. Without education, development will not occur. Only an educated people can command the skills necessary for sustainable economic growth and for a better quality of life. The key role of education, despite the political difficulties, is now accepted as indispensable for any effective development. Education can no longer be reviewed simply as a means of raising political and social consciousness. It is an integral component of an overall development effort. We need to get children into school – and ensure they get something meaningful from their time in the classroom.
Mr Raph Edem the SA to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State took time to speak with the students on the need to stay true to their dreams not withstanding the difficulty they daily envisaged in reaching the peak of excellence. He shared his story and rise to leadership, he rewarded the top students in the class while commending the effort of the GSCUyo Hub to work with the lowest in the class through mentoring to bring them to place. his closing remarks were a proverb from Mahatma Gandhi — ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’