I remember growing up as a child. My friends and I would make things with milk tins, wood, sand, etc. Then, we’d construct car toys, guns, etc. There was what we called “boris” then,I so much loved it. However, despite all these creativities, our parents would ask us to go read our books. We were told that if we continued in such kinds of play, nothing great could come out of us in future. Our teacher forced us to read then, as though they were right.
By itself, nothing was wrong with forcing us to study our books. However, if only we were forced into laboratories instead of classrooms in which there was not any creativity. I would generate electricity then with different things. But i was preferred in classrooms to doing creative things. It was believed that such a thing couldn’t help me become a successful person in life. Worse still, instead of making things by ourselves then, our friends whose parents were rich would rather buy them toys,making their children dependent on others. Teachers would insist on what they wanted then,many of which lacked positive productivity.
Could things be different by now if 20% of such creative children then had been sent to laboratories instead of blind classrooms? Maybe Nigeria would have been greater by now. Maybe there would have been great scientists, inventors, engineers, and the like, produced by Nigeria. Maybe Nigeria would have had its own rockets, aeroplanes, ships, etc. But our parents and teachers, including the government were being visually marred by the cancer of this delusion that classrooms had the answer. I wish they had known that discoveries didn’t happen in classrooms.
One would think that this cancer should have been placed under chemotherapy of new age. But so unfortunate, that creativity is still being stiffened in Nigeria. Our curriculum can’t meet the demand of the world we are today. Until Nigeria education is overhauled, things will remain so forever. Thanks to some youths who are tearing apart the veil of the temple. We shouldn’t stop. Nigeria education holds no answer to creativity. I am therefore calling and employing all stockholders and government agencies, including our president, pls let’s get started the real education. Let’s get in laboratories and workshops instead of only classrooms. Classrooms is important, but its secondary. Let’s remove this cancer in our education before it kills everything called creativity in our nation.