“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -” Heraclitus
As an educator and a parent, I understand the pain that our educational system elicits from people. A lot of people are dillusioned with the nonstop drive towards tests, beaten down by the exorbitant fees and yet feel like prisoners by the system.
There is an enormous interest in driving innovation in education. At a lot of the workshops that I have been at, people meet me afterwards, excited about the frontiers that are painted in our discussions. The desire to help children discover themselves and help them to become happy fulfilled people. Balanced all around, not testing machines, producing diplomas that they are unable to either defend or utilize productively for the benefit of society.
Like anything in life, the idea of the creation of how to bring about this innovation has been a gradual process. I have had so many parents call me asking for advice on what school there children could go to that gives the balanced form of education they desire for them.
Finding a satisfactory school feels like a futile effort because most are too reliant on tests, while others dwell more upon how similar they are to foreign curriculums and lack the correlation to our peculiar situation.
Parents are concerned and dissatisfied with their children’s education. They believe most schools are too reliant on exams, and the excessive workload exerts too much pressure on children.
Most deal with the educational system with an attitude of tolerance and yet still criticize and go back to tolerating. For most the ultimate desire is to break the vicious cycle by sending their children to study abroad.
This exasperation with the educational system is the compelling reasons behind the nonstop exodus of children from our shores to get a “better” education.
A lot of parents are reluctant about their children going overseas, becoming hybrid children who end up as foreign nationals. Losing what they know about their language and culture. It becomes a balancing act between identifying with Nigeria and the country they are studying at.