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KOKO TV’s Monthly Initiative- 5 Reasons Why We Should Give Our Male Children A Chance At Sound Education

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The Swiss psychologist who is popular for his amazing works on child development, Jean Piaget once said that: “The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibility for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things”. Often times we see write-ups clamoring for children education, mostly focusing on female education and the disparity in the child education gender statistics. The result is an effectual imbalance rather than equality, although true equality can only happen in a utopian society. Not to downplay the need for girl child education, as this can never be overemphasized, rather we need to also focus on the male child too. In most West African countries, with Nigeria being the focus of study here, the balance of education is now tipping in more favour of 60% girls to 40% boys, and we wonder, where exactly are we getting it wrong?Although we still need more girl child in school as the struggle is not yet over, however, the neglect of male child education is becoming too alarming as we often times see young male children out on the street perpetrating and being exposed to all sort of iniquities. Just in case we need to be reminded about how awesome sending our male children to school is once again, here are five reasons to give that male child a sound education:
To exponentially increase their quality of life:  t statistics showing the percentage of men’s life expectancy rate or better quality of life to try to explain why a male child needs good education too is basically pointless. Because then, we would be promoting an imbalance in the educational system. That said, sound education avails a male child the opportunity to rapidly increase the quality of his life, which would definitely have a ripple effect on the parents and guardians who sponsored such. An educated child is a child with many options and little or no limitations. To help release them from the shackles of poverty: Malala Yousaifai once said that “so let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty, and terrorism, and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.” The need for good education for her male children is accurately captured in this quote. An educated child is an advantaged child.
To avail them different opportunities that education would bring in the future: The reward of good education might not be paid instantly as you have invested, but be rest assured that you would get paid. There are many people would have lost juicy opportunities as a result of lack of sound education, so preparing your male child for that position is definitely you clearing that path for a good future for them. To help them become financially liberated: Financial liberation and independence cannot be unlearned in school. There, children get to learn the true value of money as they see the world, not from your sheltered home but simply as it is. Also, with good education comes good jobs, with good jobs, comes financial liberation. You do not want your precious child zoning out of the cycle.
To become better people and humans: Education is rightly the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. An educated male child has a holistic perspective of the world, he sees the beauty in diversity and embraces it equally. Photo Credit: Getty

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