The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has observed that education prepares one to aim for the greater height in life, noting that inculcation of the right educational values on youths positively affect their future..
Governor Obiano spoke yesterday when the state joined the international community to mark the 20190 International Youth Day at Ekwueme Square, Awka, the state capital, with the theme, “Transforming Education.”
He stated that outstanding academic and professionals of note from the state made their marks at very early age, and urged the youths to see them as role models.
While launching the Triple-I, an acronym for “Inventor-Investor Initiative,” he promised that his administration will continue to empower the youths in different skills for self-reliance and encourage, support, motivate and promote excellence among youths.
Obiano stated that some youths from the state have excelled in different fields in Africa an world at large through resilience, stressing that his administration through the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy will not rest on its oars.
Also speaking, the National Executive Project Director, Free United Nations Human Rights Education and Advocacy Training Project – Nigeria, Rev. Dr. Ugochuma Perez Ibekamma appreciated the celebration of the event, but called for use of programmes, capable of inculcating good values in the youths.
Ibekamma pointed out that the global body has plans to use objective values and incentives to positively impact on the youths, whose morals, he said, have devalued through “popular culture.”
While identifying a philosophical approach that contends that the right education is tailored to learn in order to know, to do, to live and to become, he stated that if objective values were to have been taken away from humanity, the tendency is to reduce man to a level of an animal.
According to him, the school curriculum in Nigeria lacks the basic ingredients that will inculcate the right values in the pupils and students a well as youths, a development he attributed to the moral decadent in the society.
Ibekamma observed that the country’s educational system has not succeeded in producing the best out of the students in objectives values in the areas of skills and technicalities in every area of life, stressing that without values, our educational system will only produced clever thieves.
He hinted that if the youths are not brought back to the moral values, given the immoral music and social exposures, their behaviours will adversely deteriorate and increase their resort to social vices like prostitution, nudity, and cultism.
The Executive Project Director pointed out that his organization intends to use moral advocacy, educational training, financial lure and material incentives the youths are already wont to receive to persuade and return them from the popular culture to the right traditional cum cultural path.