NIGERIA YOUTHS; THE KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

written by Odilichukwu Frances May 1, 2018

NIGERIA YOUTHS; THE KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH IMAGE
In the last publish, there is an article themed “Youths in Nigeria Government and Politics”, in the article the concept of “youths” was defined, the significance of the active participation of youths in Nigeria government and politics was stated. So in this article, we will be seeing the role youths can play in the diversification of the economy of Nigeria, it is expected that at the end of this work, we will discover if Nigerian youths are lazy or are unaware of the impacts they can make, or if they really are making impacts but need a little help/push.

THE KEY

KNOWLEDGE
The dictionary and so many other scholars have defined knowledge in the different ways but with emphasis on it as a “noun”. In practice, elites have termed knowledge to be skill and efficiency, society has termed it running streets, labour market terms it paper qualification, and for clarity sake in this work, it is termed ‘the known’; simply put, refined information. The philosopher Socrates said, “to know good is to do good, and not to know good is to do evil” which means that what you do or not do reflects what you know or don’t know (your action and inaction reflects your knowledge and ignorance), and as the work unfolds, the components of K such as culture, education, and skill acquisition, will be illuminated.

EDUCATION
NIGERIA YOUTHS; THE KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTHAcademically education is basically divided into formal or informal education. Here, we will look at education from both the idealist and empiricist view. The idealist (idealism) which is championed by Plato, the philosopher conceives education from the Greek word “educere” which means to “lead out”. That is to say that man is born with an innate idea, there are things which one just knows how to do perfectly well or just understands so easily as though one has done that for a long while, this school of thought explains that it is so because one has known those things already, but is unaware of the existence of such abilities or ideas, so education becomes the way to lead such abilities and ideas out, bringing it to the open where the person is aware and makes use of them. For the empiricists (empiricism) the notion of education conceived by John Locke is derived from the Greek work “educare”, which means “to train or teach”. The idea behind this notion is that man was born ‘tabula raza’ which means ‘empty/blank slate’, this literally means that man knows nothing except what he has been thought by his environment or nurture.  The point here is not state which school of thought has it right or wrong because they both make salient points which is the focus of this column. This point is that the essence of education is to lead out and to train or to teach; to bring to awareness by leading out that which is unseen but exists, one may refer to such as “potentials” and then, to teach that which is unknown, good enough they both work hand in hand, flowing from the unknown to the known. Why is this the case? Simply because every good teacher with the aim of having successful students must be to teach them effectively by relating from what he assumes or is certain that they already know, and every good student, who is not a paper student, (students who read or just cram to pass exams), relates to understands something new from what they already know, think of it, it is difficult to relate with something you have never seen before, if you are able to flow easily with something new, it simply  because you have been able to relate that to something you already known, hence, the implication of Socrates’ Socratic method.  Education on this level is basically about everything that can be known both by interest and necessity. Such includes, skill acquisition. For whatever you want to be (interest), acquire a skill that will help you achieve that and enhance the innate idea and ability that has prompted that within you(necessity), also pick a vocation that equips and develops you better for the kind of problems you want to solve(interest). Education is incomplete if self is not developed.

However, after the acquisition of skills, there is need for a practical experience, which aids the practical or theoretical learning. You really cannot confirm what you are capable or incapable of until there is an experience. From a subjective perspective, the system of formal education should be able to get student a place of industrial training, not that students should go out seeking for it themselves, but that every school through their departments and faculties should be able to avail students a place of I.T, considering the field of study, that not being feasible at the moment, the youths/students must not waste the opportunity creatively practice what has been acquired by not shying away from challenges, going to make more researches, the youths that cheer reality shows like the just concluded Big brother Naija 2018, are not lazy to cheer on what they want, and when the society is not willing to listen, then they should gladly take it by force; power is taken, not given and knowledge is power while education is the means of obtaining this power.

CULTURE
Merriam Webster defines culture to be the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religion or social group. In the 20thc, the subject social studies defines culture as the totality of a people’s way of life. Humans when thrown into existence stumble on circumstances in a bid to identify the essence of their existence and become accepted by each other in the society they find themselves, they unconsciously begin to come up with means and patterns which inversely is their response to challenges in their environment, gradually these patterns discovered in the face challenges and self-actualization become a way of life and a norm which over time metamorphose into the culture of a society and is passed on to generations.  As the society grows and develops there may be a paradigm shift as a result of model crisis, and just like in science, there will be hypothesis, experiment, observation, test, theory, law and the cycle goes on, but the sole aim is to solve that problem. One may wonder what this may be driving at, the point is one fundamental knowledge that must be gathered is the knowledge of culture, in knowing the culture one understands “the why” behind the norms, standards and values of a people, this one knowledge is key to any successful revolution.

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