Many are in school, but few are learning

“Empowering Minds & Equipping Hands: Shifting the Focus of Education for Lasting Impact”

In the bustling landscape of Ghana’s educational realm, it’s easy to be dazzled by the gleaming facades of modern schools, enticed by glossy brochures promising world-class Cambridge or IB curriculum, and captivated by meticulously manicured lawns. As an expert in education, I implore parents and educators alike to pierce through this veneer of grandeur and focus on what really matters — the transformative value of education in a child’s life through quality teaching and learning. The heart of a child’s education lies not in the opulence of a school’s facilities or the prestige of its curriculum, but in the quality of teaching, the nurturing of foundational skills, and the active involvement of parents in their child’s learning journey.

Education, derived from the Latin word “educere,” is a profound process of unearthing or bringing out the intelligence of a person, not merely a matter of putting in facts and figures. It is about igniting curiosity, nurturing critical thinking, and instilling values that will shape a child’s future. In today’s fast-evolving world, the skills and knowledge needed for success are shifting. It’s no longer enough to accumulate information; we must cultivate adaptable, inquisitive minds ready to face the challenges of the future.

Beyond Facilities – The True Essence of Education:

In the race for the best facilities, it’s crucial to remember that a school is more than just bricks and mortar. It is a sanctuary of knowledge, a place where young minds are shaped and nurtured. While a well-maintained campus can create a conducive learning environment, it’s imperative to recognize that the essence of education transcends physical structures. True education is the cultivation of curiosity, critical thinking, and a love for learning. It’s about instilling values, building character, and preparing children not just for exams, but for life’s multifaceted challenges.

How school bonds can affect our community’s economic development

I’m switching hats with this month’s column, from marketing to community and economic development — through the lens of education. 

Two districts in the ICR Corridor will ask voters in November to approve bond referendums. The Cedar Rapids and College Community school districts are seeking funding to improve facilities and provide secure and optimal learning environments. Beyond our region, Mid-Prairie, Durant, North Polk and Waukee also have funding questions on the ballot. 

What’s the rush? 

The Iowa Legislature passed a law this year restricting school bond referendums to the November general election. Previously, elections could be held throughout the year, with various restrictions on when and how often. But generally, the change in legislation now means that a school district has one attempt in the general election and then will need to wait a year if the measure fails to bring it to a vote again. 

Additional restrictions on how schools finance improvements and what they can ask for in bond referendums could be on the Legislature’s docket next year, so schools are feeling some urgency to move now with needed investments to their district facilities and programs. 

Parents Groan Nationwide As Schools Resume

Apart from the rich, most parents are finding it difficult to pay for the standard and quality of education they desire for their children

Things are hard for everyone, but they are certainly tougher right now for parents whose wards are set to resume school.

As the new academic session dawns, many parents are facing an uphill battle of finding funds for their children’s education amidst a potpourri of economic challenges.

The staggering inflation rate of 23 percent plus, which has led to the skyrocketing of costs of living has virtually emptied the pockets of most parents. This inflation has led to a steep rise in the cost of books, learning aids, and transport cost for pupils.

Then, there is the increase in school fees by private schools due to high cost of running these schools (payment of salaries, multiple taxation by federal, state and local governments, high cost of diesel to power generators etc.) has created a perfect storm of financial hardship for every Nigerian family that has a school age child.

While parents are striving to secure a bright future for their children through quality education, the economy appears bent on frustrating the laudable intention of many parents!

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