Education is the bedrock of every country. Having a big literate population sets a country in ways higher than a country with a low literate population. A major problem that needs urgent solutions is illiteracy and inaccessibility of quality education.
This issue of illiteracy is mainly seen in the rural areas. There are so many children of school-going age who are engaged in activities other than going to school. Some of these children are forced to partake in these activities by their parents, unassuming and wicked relatives, as well as individuals who take them away to other communities with the pretense of giving them a better life.
Every parent who decides to have a child must bear the responsibility of taking excellent care of them and this includes educating them. Children are not born to be fieldhands or young champion fishermen. They are also not born to be domestic slaves, baby traders, or assistant chop bar cooks. In entirety, they were not begged to be born.
There are public schools in some rural communities. Not all communities have a school in the town. This is the fault of the government. All parents or guardians cannot afford private schools for their children. As every child needs to have access to education, so must schools be built in each community for that to happen.
Some of these children trek long hours to get to school. On days when it rains, going to school comes to a halt. On days when their bodies cannot handle the tiredness of walking for over two hours to get to school, they stay at home. Some of these children do not even eat before going to school. They have no energy to walk to school, pay attention to lessons taught that day, and then walk back home before getting a plate of food to eat. Some of these children are very intelligent! They just need the education to become better. All of these factors disappoint them in pursuing their education.
Every child deserves access to quality education, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, family background, culture, race, the colour of their skin, and location. If a thing must be done, it must be done well. Education is inclusive. Teachers handle the most important part of this. Teachers must be intentional about the impact they make in the lives of their children. They must provide quality education using innovative ways to ensure that nothing is a hindrance to what these children deserve. In that regard, the government must ensure that these schools are provided with all the resources they need to teach the children well. They must be given adequate and frequent training in their fields to keep them up to date with better teaching methodologies and techniques. They must be paid well so that they can work well. They must be given incentives at least once a year to motivate them to work harder and believe that every effort of theirs is appreciated. Teaching children and individuals of any age group is not a joke. It takes a lot of hard work, tenacity and grit. The least we can do for teachers is to make them feel proud of the excellent work they are doing.
Children from resource-poor settings must not be treated as outcasts. They are a part of the country. They are embedded in the annals of the country. Give them the chance to access quality education. Provide good schools for them to sit in and learn. They are tired of sitting in classrooms with no roofs and no furniture. They are tired of sitting in structures with no doors such that they share these classrooms with stray animals. They are tired of sitting in classrooms that can collapse at any time because they are old and weak. They are tired of sitting in classrooms built of mud. Teachers are tired of using only chalk to teach. They want to wear nice clothes to school and not think of how dirty they will become and the struggle they will face in washing them. Teachers are tired of traveling long hours to school.
Education can become better in all parts of the country. It is not a cliche nor is it impossible.