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Submitted by afolayan kikelomo on
As a youth educator in a developing country (Nigeria) I am inspired to drop these few lines as my contribution towards shaping a more efficient educational system. I wish to state that most of the tools and techniques for passing across knowledge to students especially in public schools are really stale; little wonder going to school on a daily basis is seen as a boring activity for many of them, and a necessary evil in pursuit of your career goals in life. However In a bid to reform the system there is need to urgently engage in provision of educational infrastructures and modern training facilities, train and retrain teachers at all levels of the educational systems (primary, secondary and tertiary) with up-to-date skills and also review all training curriculums to incorporate action learning to meet 21st century challenges through the use of interesting games, role-plays, case studies, group discussions, field visits and hands on experience, exchange program in other countries for students that makes learning fun and encourages problem solving mindset, creative, critical and analytical thinking. As a against the conventional methods of using blackboards, outdated-textbooks and memorizing, students with different learning styles can adapt to the varieties of teaching methods. I remembered how much I disliked mathematics/accounting and any course that involved figures or calculating in my secondary school days, this phobia stayed with me until when I had the opportunity to attend a Financial Management training organized by a company based in UK, the teaching method was fascinating and fun as it incorporated games, group work, role-plays. After the training I made a conclusion that the fear I had for accounting was really traceable to the outdated teaching methods then which made the subject very uninteresting to me. Another major challenge these deficiencies in educational system is creating in the society is the production of half-baked graduates who se level of education cannot match up with the challenges organizations are seeking to employ them to solve, hence they are usually termed