Education's Role in Responding to Social Challenges

By Abiodun Olatoun Akinsolu.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Education is seen as the process by which people are prepared to live effectively and efficiently in their environment. Thus education is now recognized as an instrument for social stability as well for social change. Many countries have learnt how to respond positively to any arising social challenges of their respective countries through education.
This paper examines some social challenges with particular reference to Nigeria; among which are; economic mismanagement, lack of good governance, weak fiscal discipline, corruption and injustice. It further examines educational learning as a process of association and imitation and how it helps in regulating the identified social challenges.
Education therefore provides these prominent role under the following headings; Education as a cultural change, education for social integration, education for rural integration, education for economic efficiency, education for a social philosophy, education for self government, education for political efficiency, education for creation of modern men, education for the development of individual excellence and lastly education for the development of manpower resources.
The paper concludes that education is an instrument for civic responsibility and social reconstruction rather than a mere process of acquiring a body of academic knowledge, and as a means of economic development

Keywords: Education, Social Challenges, Sociual Reconstruction, Civic Responsibility, Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.285-292. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 571.678KB).

Dr. Abiodun Olatoun Akinsolu

Research and Training Fellow, Research and Training Department, NIEPA, Ondo, Nigeria

Dr Akinsolu, Abiodun Olatoun is a training and research fellow at the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, Nigeria. she is a trainer, researcher and consultant with various government and International organisations such as UNICEF, British Council, DFID and World Bank. Her areas of specialisation are Educational Planning and Policy as well as HIV/AIDs and Gender issues. She has written extensively in this areas in both local and international journals. she is also a course designer and facilitator of experiential learning at the institute.

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