Education is the most powerful tool with which to change a nation – Nelson Mandela.
Education is our passport to the future, for the future belongs to those who prepare for it today -Malcom X
We live in an world where creative thinking drives economies. However we live in a country where certificate drives our ability to get jobs. But that’s changing fast, partly because there are no more jobs and also because creative thinkers have come up with businesses like Konga and Jumia that make hundreds of millions of dollars between themselves and are revolutionising how we buy and sell especially in Nigeria and Africa.
Did you know that only 29% of the total population that starts primary school will graduate from university never minding that only a maximum of 13% of them will get jobs right out. This is not to mention those that never even make it to the primary schools. Today Nigeria has joined the list of countries struggling with terrorism, which by the way has left the smartest professors in the most advanced countries scratching their heads not to mention graduates of Nigeria’s decaying tertiary institutions and some of the ‘bought’ certificates that have made it into the top echelons of our government. We cannot rest on just 13% of a fragment of the country’s population to reel us out of all our troubles especially when the solution may be outside the given demographics.
We need greater than ever a mental revolution and we need an administrator big enough to facilitate it and since our schools are clearly not prepared for such, it’s time for our churches and mosques to start pulling some of the weight of national ‘education’ and I do not refer to education of schools but impartation of skills and capacity.
A December 2012 report on religion and public life by the Pew Research Center stated that in 2010, 49.3% of Nigeria’s population was Christian, 48.8% was Muslim, and 1.9% were followers of indigenous and other religions, or unaffiliated. According to the CIA World Factbook only 61.3% of the total population over the age of 15 can read and write. And as I said earlier only 29% of children ever make it through from primary to university
This means that we have more people in churches than in our schools. But you see our religious institutions than in out schools but we have failed to realise that despite the obvious and undeniable importance of spiritual fortitude we need to be adequate mental equipment to operate successfully in the evolving world in which we live in.
We need more churches that will have leadership and entrepreneurial classes right after the Holy Ghost service. Churches that will teach youth and women empowerment in second service and serve communion in the same service. We need churches that have health classes and not just when one fancy doctor asks to speak in the church. What stops a church from holding meetings where they teach the rudiments of English language. After all we might pray for divine favour for financial empowerment but man must learn to communicate effectively.
The problem with Nigeria it has been said is leadership, I think it’s irresponsible as a church, that if more people come for our alter calls than graduate from university yet we do nothing PRO-ACTIVELY to create leaders by impacting life skills in different fields of life.
It’s times like during the civil war, military regimes and now with Boko Haram that our churches begin to regularly pray about the country. I believe when the super eagles don’t prepare adequately we call it fire brigade approach. It’s time our churches stopped the fire brigade approach, let’s do more than just pray for the country when all else is failing, but also when all is working and let’s begin to train people with life skills.