“Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world” This quote by Nelson Mandela encompasses the meaning of education. Education is the transmission of values and knowledge. It is also said to be a discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in schools or school like environments. Education is not limited to the four walls of classroom as learning can take place anywhere.
In celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development, January 24 was declared the international day of education by a resolution that was passed by United Nations General Assembly on 3rd December 2018. In the year 2019, the first international day of education was celebrated. United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) believes that education is a human right for all throughout life and that everyone has the right to access education.
This year, 2022 marks the 4th year of the celebration. The importance of education can never be overemphasized. The general theme for this year “Changing course, transforming education means that there is a need for reorientation and overhauling of the educational systems across the globe. Some measures that can be put in place for changing course and transforming education in our educational system are highlighted.
Learning approach should be flexible: it has been observed over the years that there is little or no changes in the methods of learning in all levels of education. To improve the Educational system, teachers should personalize education for each student depending on each child’s needs because children learn differently.
Equal access to education: Every child should have equal opportunity to achieve high academic results through provision of conducive learning environment and e-learning resources for all students.
In conclusion, there is the need to launch programmes that would change the course and indeed transform education. Improvement of Teacher quality through employment of professional and qualified teachers. Old and new teachers should also be trained and retrained. Adequate funding should be provided for building new school structures and training of more teachers as well as improvement of infrastructure at all levels.