[OPINION]: Kwara Education gets better under AbdulRazaq’s led-administration – Basheer Luqman Olarewaju

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Knowledge plays a part in everything we do. It can help you make more money, make better decisions, be better at sports, better at entertainment industry, be creative at the realm of books and pens, take better care of your health and much more. Quality education affords one to breathe a sigh of relief and accessibility to circle of those who have made it, irrespective of one’s background or tribes. Quality education gives access to dine and wine with crowns.

Benjamin Franklin is often quoted for his witty sayings, brilliant theories, and overall gumption for a man in the late 1700’s. He once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

When we think about it from an educational standpoint, he is most certainly right. Earning a degree in a specific field does give you a leg up on somebody who may not have the degree. However, you can also take it as pure and simple knowledge investment. Investing in yourself, investing time to learn something, and becoming the best you possibly can at it, will always accumulate dividends in your favor.

More than two decades of experience in learning environment have shown me how education can make a lasting difference in children’s lives. But education is not just good for children, it’s good for state and nation in general. Investing in education isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s smart economics. And that’s the aftermath of what government of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq huge investment in the education sector availed. Proofs abound.

The administration champions repositioning the pathetic condition of our education sector inherited because it is evident that education can put people on a path towards good health, empowerment and employment. It can help to build more peaceful societies. And the benefits of girls’ education extends to their own children who are often healthier and more educated because their mothers went to school.

Behold, knowledge is what can separate anyone from the pack. It can take one as high as one wants to go if one puts it into action. When Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” he didn’t just mean you should hoard it and do nothing with it. You have to use it. Otherwise what good is it? Kwara State Government is not investing in smokescreen project but she sent her pupils out for a national challenge as a litmus test of the investment. The story is different now. We have got, for the first time ever, the medal crested with GOLD.

The “O To Ge” mantra is yielding positivity across-the-board… Our education system has got a better facelift. Just like Joe Paterno, the very successful football coach, said, “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.” Governor AbdulRazaq has passed a bigger message for all; the investment you make in yourself will always pay off in the end. The wiser you are, the better decisions you’ll make. The smarter you are, the more things you can be successful at.

Governor AbdulRazaq’s commitment towards rebuilding the state of our education is bearing fruitfulness. He allocated more resources to education in the early grades; targeted resources to the poorest areas and most marginalized children; established policies and methods that improve spending efficiency; and
strengthened learning assessment systems and implemented accountability measures that involve parents and communities.

There is no time to lose. Educated children are at the heart of healthy, productive and prosperous societies. If that is the future we want tomorrow, we must invest today. Congratulations to Kwara’s Super Six team on winning Gold Medal at the Presidential School Debate. We are proud of the enviable pedestal.

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