EDUCATION: BRIDGING THE GAP IN OUR SOCIETY

By: Anita O. Uzama

Case Manager


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Today poverty in Nigeria has become a norm in society. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened that a bridge is not plausible.  The family class in Nigerian is broken into the rich class, middle class and the poor. Gradually due to decline in the economy, the middle class is gradually disappearing. Hence the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer.

Covid 19 created a rapid loss of jobs as employers of Labor had to cut down staff due to reduced productivity. The lockdown led families to gup up their savings in order to survive. The days of the lockdown were trying periods for families whose earnings relied on daily work. This added to the disparity between the rich and the poor.

Nigerians are known to survive any circumstances. They believe in finding joy and the hope that someday our country will indeed be the giant of Africa. Today, we are gradually in the process of achieving it. The youths have woken up and are showing our leaders that we will not back down or give up until our voice is truly heard. Who would have thought a day will come that our youths will clamor with one voice and say No to what is wrong in our society.

Nelson Mandela said “lets recommit to work towards our common goal: A nation where all of us are winners, all of us have shelter, food and education”. Today, our youths are awaking to the gradual decline in our country and are united to create change. 

How do we curb the menace in our society and create a bridge between the difference of the rich and poor? “without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they face. So, it is vital to educate children and explain that they should play a role in their country” (Nelson Mandela). 

One cannot dim the emphasis on the power of education. Education makes you aware of the ills in society and teaches you that you can do better through technological improvements and the acquisition of more knowledge. In the words of the great Madiba of Africa, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

Our youths are enlightened, hence the clamor for change. We want more from our governments and we ask for a reform in the policing in our country. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education” (Martin Luther King Jr.).

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