“Education Is the Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use to Change the World”. –Nelson Mandela
As a young child, I desired to go to school in order to land myself a dream job so as to live the luxurious life I had always fancied, or at least live a comfortable life with my paycheck.
I imagined vacations packed with fun. Yes! A classy life was my spec.
However, things changed when I got the degree but no job. I did the work but the reward I was expecting for it was not forthcoming.
It finally dawned on me that this was reality and I began to wonder if my degree was even worth obtaining.
Well, things got better for me as I found myself actively engaged with one or two organizations.
My own story is not that bad, you see. However, many youths decry the conditions under which they attend school and still, are unable to get a decent job.
This pushes them to doubt if education in Cameroon is of any value at all.
On a more objective and truthful note however, the value of obtaining a good education cannot be over emphasized. Let’s see why.
Education helps us become better citizens, get paying jobs and shows us the difference between good and bad.
Education shows us the importance of hard work and, at the same time, helps us grow and develop.
Thanks to education, we are able to shape a better society to live in by knowing and respecting rights, laws, and regulations.
In our modern day society, every person should be educated.
At a basic level, I mean everybody should be able to read and write. These days, it is impossible to do much without such a basic of level of acquisition.
Even in business, one will always need to write something down and know figures and basic calculation in order to manage money.
However, it seems like in Cameroon, that is all there is to it: know to spell your name; know your left from your right!
In this same nation, given that the job market is not receptive, going to school is gradually being considered a waste of time and resources.
“I have 3 degrees. A B.Sc and 2 M.Sc’s, yet no job”, Maria tells me during the early house of Wednesday 16th June, 2021.
“I remember going to apply for voluntary service and the secretary telling me they did not need volunteers. That came as a shock. I mean, I was not even going to get paid!” another youth told me shortly after.
Degree holders are “corn roasters”, “roasted fish sellers” and at the worst, depend on their parents for survival after all the “big book”.
At some point, we really begin to wonder the importance of going to school at all, bagging all the degrees .
Despite the apparent gloom, we must admit that education remains the most powerful weapon that can be used to change a nation.
A nation without educated people is prone to backwardness and susceptible to failure economically, politically and socially.
My mother used to tell me “Weli, go to school and someday, a company will require your service. Even if none does, you can always navigate through life with what is inside your head. The knowledge you have is yours and can never be taken away from you by any body”. And I believed her. I still do!
People who are educated have lower chances of being poor, have a better sense of accomplishment, are more productive, communicate better, have better critical thinking skills and greater sense of discipline just to name but these.
Education puts a person at a higher place of opportunities.
Get educated, there are so many learning kits online,not just via formal education. Interact with people get social knowledge, it goes a long way. The advantages are numerous when we’re grounded in knowledge.
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