YES, IT’S ME AND YES, IT’S US

By: Anita O. Uzama

Case Manager


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The society we live in today is one that cares only about one’s  personal needs and wants for self. All hands are placed on deck to achieve a personal ambition under the guise of “its for everyone”. 

The current political environment in Nigeria is not far fetched from the truth. Every four years, the political drums are rolled out seeking for our votes. The term ‘whatever it takes” becomes the slogan. Politicians come into our hard-to-reach communities to canvass for our votes. 

One may not have imagined the likelihood of those places being known by any individuals most especially by people representing us in the state of affairs. Communities that do not have access to good roads, water and a basic educational structure in place. For those who have an educational structure in place, it is left to wallow in the winds. Most of them have caved in roofs, no table or chairs and teachers are poorly paid and under staffed.

The rate of unemployment is on the high as the youths who are the future leaders turn to foreign countries for greener pastures. Fake it till you make it doesn’t apply here as no one wants to be part of a suffering and smiling environment. Most of them turn to crime to make it and for those who do not find crime worthy, they travel to enrich other countries. In both scenarios, our society has lost youthful potentials that would have enriched all at large. 

From times past, we have always laid the blame on the feet of our politicians. We may entirely not be wrong as they have a major role to play. We need laws that favor the educational, entrepreneurship and vocational environs in the society. A society in tune with current trends enables a thriving atmosphere for our youths. 

A modern day ‘Robinhood” would be one who tackles the problem right at the roots. This is the part where the blame for the decadence in our society lies on our feet. Do we blind our eyes to the monsters we have created or do we deal with the roots?

One of the ways of tackling the root cause is education. The role education plays cannot be undermined. Education is not based solely on books but also conduct and character wise. In our acquisition of education, we should note that “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” … Aristotle. 

When we have educated individuals, we will ensure that our rights to basic social amenities are provided for us by our leaders in power who are accountable to us. Education enables us to choose the right leaders to rule us who in turn creates a viable environment for sustainable economic growth.

“Yes, it’s me” is about the values we stand for. What are we teaching our children? Are we teaching them solely on books and not to demand change in society? The basic essence of education is to have a better life for yourself and also the society. But first, it starts with you. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special” Nelson Mandela

Education teaches us how to apply the knowledge we have into improving the lives of others and our communities. The moment we as individuals start taking responsibilities for our action and inaction, then we make our society better than we found it.  Then … “Yes, it’s about us”.

The function of education… is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals” Martin Luther King.

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