Here is the final day of the #UgBlogWeek, marking the seventh day of blogging under the theme: School Made Me No Better.
So much about school was not right, but a lot wasn’t wrong either. We learnt to read and write, to sing and draw, We learnt respect for authority and hard work. We learnt to co exist with people from all walks of life. To broaden our minds and think on our feet, we learnt the basics of public speaking and developed confidence.
We made lasting friendships and eternal memories. We made mistakes and learnt priceless lessons From them. We grew thick skin through all the failures, disappointments, disciplinary action and developed resilience while at it. We broke some rules, kept some, and made some. School was our canvas. We painted who we wanted to be. And now we strive to achieve that picture.
Above all else, school gave us knowledge. And like my primary school motto, Knowledge is power. One more piece of armour to fight the battles in life with.
“Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.
Much as I wish it was less theoretical and more practical, I am glad I got the opportunity to spend the better part of my life in a learning institution. Imagine the havoc we would have wrecked if we had not been locked up in school for all this time?
A lot has been said of how school made us no better, but we cannot ignore the priceless experiences education gave us, and its positive impact on our lives. It is true we studied some really irrelevant things, but in the process we learnt a few things that have contributed greatly to the people we are today.
The sacrifices our parents/guardians made for us to get excellent education should not be under looked, and neither should ours in making sure we excelled and made them proud.
My prayer going forward is that the new generation will have a more straightforward experience with education. That they will learn to create. To think, and to ask why. That they will be given the tools to solve the problems, and not be apart of them. That they will learn the value of the process that leads them to excellence.
“We must teach children how to think. Not what to think” -Margaret Mead.