Pri­mary pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion is to build val­ues – Pan­elist

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Olayemi R. Ibrahim

The pri­mary pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion is to help people to de­velop good val­ues sys­tem and char­ac­ter, Dr Vic­tor Koh, Se­nior Lead­er­ship Con­sul­tant, In­ter­na­tional Lead­er­ship Foun­da­tion (ILF), has said.

Koh, who made this known in Abuja, said Nigeria can de­velop its econ­omy by in­cul­cat­ing its val­ues in the people and build their ca­pac­ity.

He said: “Cre­at­ing com­pe­tency and ne­glect­ing char­ac­ter means cre­at­ing a pop­u­la­tion of people of eco­nomic en­e­mies that are cheats, liars be­cause they have no char­ac­ter and value.”

Com­par­ing Sin­ga­pore with Nigeria, he said he came from a very poor coun­try where they have no nat­u­ral re­sources but they dis­cov­ered they have hu­man re­sources and they in­vested in their ed­u­ca­tion to build hu­man ca­pac­ity.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is very im­por­tant in our coun­try be­cause we have no nat­u­ral re­sources like oil, goal, bronze, wa­ter and oth­ers and that is what made us to fo­cus on hu­man re­sources,” he said.

He said Nigeria can be­come a great coun­try by avoid­ing short cuts, adding: “Coun­tries that are tak­ing short cuts, their economies are in dis­ar­ray and they pro­duce a group of very bad people that are dis­hon­oured. There­fore, Nigeria needs to start with men and women of in­tegrity and the best place to start is from schools.”

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