University Of Benin Held Her 43rd Convocation Lecture/Interdenominational Service
University of Benin 43rd Convocation began with an Interdenominational Service/ Convocation Lecture, the programme started with the procession of the Pro chancellor and the Vice chancellor F .F.O Orumwens FNSE and his entourage ,some Eminent Professors ,Deans,Directors,Staff and Students of the great institution . It was followed by an opening prayer by Rev. E.A Jackson and MAllam Abdul Sallam for the Christian and the Muslim folk respectively.
Sermon was latter taken by Barr. Nurudeen Asunogie AL-ISRA with the topic “the journey By Night” who tales about paying more attention to education by striving for it with the necessary effort due to it.
Prayer for our country and continent was taken by Prof. J.O.Ehiorobo , Registrar Mrs. A.O Oshodin prayed for the president of Nigeria and all in civil Authority that God should fill them with love and the truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve your people in your fear, the Prayers continued with Prayer for our institution and young people by Prof O.B Osadolor, prayer for our enemy and in time of conflict by Dr.(Mrs.) Evelyn A .O Idiodi.
The sermon was given by Ven Solomon O. Makun with the topic “Time, Strength and mentoring” .In his message,He said every time should be used well and the strength we have should be used well as well the word, strength was used by the amalakite and isrealite which is seen in Exodus which state that whenever moses hands were lifted up the Israelite prevail and when his hand was down the amalakite prevail over them , in other words for us to win war our hands should be raised regularly . he said we should learn to invest in lives , if we want them to come out well so they become great.
Convocation Lecture Started immediately with the title ” Education at crossroads in Nigeria” by PROF. CHINEDU O. NEBO, CON, NPOM, FNSE, FNMS, FMSN the lecturer of the day who is an academic Icon and international celebrated as a professor in engineering who is a reference point in the field of his specialization and a vice chancellor in two federal universities,a sort after consultant, a dogged erudite scholar a man of unquestionable integrity and a major asset to Nigerians
said education is therefore the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. That is why methodology of teaching is called pedagogy.
All considered, I think this Chinese proverb captures the place of education in life generally: “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
The aim of a good education can then be seen to be two-pronged: it prepares the individual to be useful to himself and useful to the society. If the two ends are not the target of any form of education, then something is terribly wrong with it. Using the two identified and universal yardsticks to tease out what education is and has become in Nigeria, it then becomes easy to see why I have drawn the conclusion that Education is at crossroads in Nigeria. There is wide latitude of confusion and conflict pervading education in Nigeria. It is as if what most institutions in Nigeria are doing is maximizing enrollment and distributing certificates, caring little for contents, their impartation and molding of characters to personify and defend these certificates.
Before critically examining the claim of education being at crossroads, permit me to refresh us a bit on what good education is all about. Good education is the type that prepares the individual on how best to eke out a living and make a meaning out of the complex world as well as being able to make reasonable input in the society he or she lives in. No truly educated person can be a liability – either to himself or to the society. Education ultimately makes a complete and a well-adjusted person, who psychologists say is measured in the level of his usefulness to himself and to the society.
An uneducated or poorly educated person has some fundamental difficulties in terms of tools available to them in dealing with the inevitable challenges of life. The uneducated may even be better than a poorly educated person. You know why? As thinker Epictetus observed: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” That is why you hear some say, half education is a disease
That also explains why many strongly believe that the best the parents and guardians owe the children and wards, is not material wealth but proper education. Leaving behind huge material wealth for children that are not properly prepared is like setting money on fire. Since a fool and his fortune soon part ways, such wealth has more often than not, made such unprepared children come to greater grief as wealth without foundation. Let me briefly touch base with the main components – primary, secondary and tertiary as well as Vocational education, and how their interactions yield up a totally educated person. The fourth component -vocational education – has since become exigent upon realities of contemporary living and without it, there is trouble. Fact is: in the light of disappearing white-collar jobs and employment opportunities, no form of education can now be said to be complete without
some form of vocational training, which would make the school leaver and graduates self-employed, self-reliant and even employers of labour. The task at hand is examining Nigerian education at crossroads and the ways out. In tackling such arduous task, how does one begin to paint an accurate picture of how education has fallen in our country, Nigeria? Where does one really start and where does one end? The first is that childhood is the foundation of life for the simple reason that it is in childhood we all build the anchors of our sails in life. Child psychologists also agree that after childhood, the individual is either following what he has learnt or reacting against it. This has very grave consequences for the individual if the all-important foundation is faulty and cannot support the individual in adolescent and adult life. Discipline is an integral part of raising good children. Thus, we should neither take discipline lightly nor become disheartened when it is properly applied in the early educational system. PTAs and primary and secondary education handlers and caregivers generally, need to agree on the issue discipline to reduce the frequent incidents of parents running to school to embarrass and harass teacher who try to discipline their erring children, a job they really failed to carry out at home.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils. So he or she has to be qualified to be able to discharge the onerous responsibility. As a sage once said “doctors bury their mistakes, but teachers multiply theirs”.
Unfortunately, the institutions producing teachers in Nigeria are mostly inherently incompetent and incapable of producing grade A teachers who can make the necessary difference. I shall return to why I think so in the concluding parts.
Finally, there is a great need to retrace where the nation lost it in education and take drastic measures to restore it. A right to education has been recognized by some governments and the United Nations. That is why Nigeria, as a member nation, and signatory to UN charters, has made basic education free and compulsory and enacted the UBE Act and set up Universal Basic Education Commission for the pursuit of education for all. Despite these measures, huge gaps still exist and the problem in education has now reached crisis point but is not irreversible.
Government should declare a state of emergency in education if that is what it will take to get it right again. To produce graduates that are sound, nationally relevant, globally competitive highly motivated and skilled is a task that must be accomplished now or never.
The Uniben logo was later Unveiled outside the main auditorium by the Chairman Of Council together with the Vice Chancellor
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