A home is a place where people live with their family members: the parents and the siblings. The sense of belonging makes everyone feel comfortable and enjoy their stay at home. Despite the comfort at home, once a child reaches the right age, he or she should be enrolled in a school to acquire an education for their future success.
Education is a fundamental asset for humans. It allows an individual to explore the world through their knowledge. It is the primary factor that empowers an individual to fight the challenges. Nigeria is an amalgamation of different societies; to fit into these societies (Nigeria), one needs education, which must separate a child from the comfort of home to the school environment.
A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning environments and spaces to teach students under the guidance and direction of gurus or teachers. Out of twenty-four hours in a day, a typical Nigerian student spends their precious hours in school, not to talk about those in boarding schools who spend the whole session. They can only come home for two weeks and then return to school.
In the same way as parents, teachers are trained to show parental care and love to their students, as well as see them as their biological children while on the school premises. In private schools, for instance, teachers handling pre-nursery and nursery classes are mothers who are experts in imparting the right moral behaviors to children. They ensure the adaptability of the children to the school environment by introducing them to various extracurricular activities where they will be able to share ideas and play with their peer groups from different backgrounds. Here, they will easily be convinced that school is their second home because they might have gained confidence and a sense of belonging in the school as a result of their exposure to many subjects, which have broadened their horizons. Teachers do not just teach English, mathematics, vocation, and science but also inculcate disciplines, manners, and skills in the students. This enables them to be well-behaved and of a moral standard in any society in which they find themselves. School activities are designed in such a way that students are exposed to many extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, contesting, and campaigning for various positions as school prefects. A child or student who is a member of a literary debating club, for instance, has the liberty to participate in debate competitions either within or outside the school environment, and this will build up his confidence to contribute his quota whenever an issue is raised in any given society. More so, assigning positions to the students either as prefects of the school or as club officials or excos who pilot the affairs of the clubs will boost their moral fiber, which would credit their eligibility to represent their constituency in the future. They will also find it easier not just to lead but to be good leaders in any society, even in their own families.
The school environment helps to foster cordial relationships among students. They relate to themselves warmly both in and outside the class by sharing ideas and discussing things that bother them. By so doing, they help one another to remedy or find solutions to any issues amicably. However, they fight sometimes or have misunderstandings among themselves, which are settled peacefully without a third party except if the situation demands the involvement of a teacher. These experiences will help a child to live and function in any multi-lingual environment with a variety of cultural backgrounds without any issues. If there are any, they will settle them amicably. Conclusion: Parents provide their children with all the necessary things they need; this includes teaching basic skills that will make them responsible in the family, but since a child is expected to function or relate well beyond his immediate environment (home), there is a need to step out to a larger home (school), where teachers will build upon what the parents started. Teachers, connotatively known as parents in the school, believed that students are raw material that needs to be cooked with spices, whose aroma will draw the attention of many people. On this note, the school curriculum is designed to build on the discipline, manners, skills, and moral standards of a child to enable him to function well in society at large. Hence, the tranquil atmosphere of the school environment promotes better learning and encourages group discussion, which broadens and develops students' fundamental skills and capabilities, satisfies their curiosity, adds to their pleasure, and makes them versatile, which will help them become future leaders.
Written by: Yusuf Yusuf Abubakar
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Meet Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, an accomplished educationist hailing from Anyigba, Kogi state, Nigeria. He earned his Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in English and Islamic studies in 2011. Yusuf continued his academic journey at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, achieving a B.A Ed in English. Beyond his academic pursuits, Yusuf is recognized as a proficient teacher and an aspiring writer.