Review school curriculum to prepare youths for global challenges, experts urge FG
Education stakeholders have advised the Federal Government to review the school curriculum and focus more on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as part of efforts to create wealth and promote self-reliance.
Speaking at a youth leadership summit titled, “Imaging the future,” Founder, Eduxtra Solutions, Dr. Dolapo Tukuru, said the present school curriculum would not help Nigeria students prepare for the future.
Tukuru said it is imperative to let students know the power of technology, as emerging professions are hinged on technology. He said: “We want to introduce technology to students so that they can start early to incorporate this trend into learning. Even if schools are not embracing the trend, students can get relevant information through the platform we created for them. We must remember that the world has become a global market and we must make out time to produce students that can compete with others from any place across the globe.”
Principal facilitator, Invent Youth Leadership Initiative, Mr. Elijah Olupona, said the event was aimed at preparing youths and secondary school students for future challenges.
“The summit, which started in 2012 was attended by secondary school students from Lagos State. The project is a mentorship programme, which focuses on knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing. The project is a two-phase initiative. The first is leadership summit, which is a meeting point between mentees and career experts, who are committed to educating and guiding them.
“Then there is the mentorship programme, which has a project window of three to six months. Mentees are actually paired with corresponding career volunteers and professionals, who would take them on a mentoring programme of the project window.
Tutor General who was represented by Assistant Director of Education, District VI, Mrs. Shonibare Roseline Omolara, said the summit was an eye-opener for students.
Omolara said it is aimed at preparing students for the future. The summit opened students up to the reality that would definitely come along in future.”
Founder of Sapphire Exploit 21st Century Skills Forum, Mrs. Wunmi Tolu-Alalade, said children are heading towards a future that would render some present professions outdated and irrelevant.
“For this reason, there is an urgent need to equip the youths with relevant knowledge and data that would make them useful and relevant in the future,” Tolu-Alalade added.
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