THE KIND OF EDUCATION I WANT
Is school important? Why do you need it? What is it good for?
Children are sent to school to prepare them for a world that is rapidly changing but the school itself is the same as it was years ago.
There are recruiters who complain that today’s graduates are unemployable, there are also students who have no desire to be in in school as the school no longer teaches what is important , or what they need, and many young people protest that entertainers and dropouts are making more money than graduates.
Are we sent to school to learn to be employees, to follow instructions, to memorise and prepare for exams, or to prepare for life, to learn to think critically and to solve problems in the society, for the future? Schools teach you to follow instructions, and especially in African schools, you are not encouraged to challenge the status quo, you will actually be punished or sent out of the class for asking a question that the professor or teacher finds dificult to answer, or that differs from the lecturer’s point of view.
Students have lost faith in school, so have teachers. Teachers are not motivated, not respected, not trained, intolerant, not taught to teach or have no knowledge of psychology, interpersonal relations, and the required communication skills to impart students with knowledge in a safe and friendly non-bossy environment. In fact, their self-esteem most of the time is boosted by being mean to the students.
Scholars are not respected either. Test scores and grades are valued more than real skills and talents. A child with real passion in the arts is considered unserious and is made or forced to fit within the bracket of lawyer, doctor, banker, engineer, and a lot of potential is lost.
Formal education is great because it has produced scientists, changed our world through technology, every aspect of life is improved through education but the system has to adjust its curriculum, especially in Nigeria, to stop importing subjects and to update and create courses whose learning goals can be applied in our socio-cultural environment.
Information technology students as well are not reaping the benefits of their 5year university education because they still have to graduate and go for more expensive courses that will teach them what they can actually apply, to make their own money or to be useful employees, almost everything in the IT curriculum in our universities is obsolete or useless, whether for hardware or software.
To sum this up, there is knowledge everywhere, why should I go to school? For a degree? For just the paper? All those years? Also, students have different ways of learning, and different paces, and different attention spans, how can we work with this information? The school can be a great place to really learn and students have a lot of opinions on the kind of education or learning environment or teachers they want, so we are giving them this opportunity. #VoiceYourHopes
WHAT CAN I SAY IN THE VIDEO OR PHOTO?
#VoiceYourHopes in the 2nd annual SHIPAfrica scholarship by posting a video or photo on the theme: the kind of education I want.
Do your research on countries like Finland or other countries with better systems of education, or simply #VoiceYourHopes as it lays in your hearts
No complaints, if you must talk about the ills of the system, keep it minimal.
State your wishes, what do you hope to gain from school?
What kind of school do you dream that your children can go to?
If you had the opportunity, what kind of learning environment would you create
What is the school not teaching you?
What should be added to the curriculum?
If you had to do it all over, would you go to school?
What kind of teachers do you want?
What kind of learning environment?
What kind of projects would you love to carry out?
What kind of impact do you hope to make with the education you gain?
WHO CAN APPLY?
In or Out-of-School Youths
Youths who have dropped out
Secondary School students
Students and Youth in Africa
African Students and Youth Abroad
Parents who need to #VoiceYourHopes
WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY?
Your voice matters. Whether you are applying to win or just to join the discussion, as long as you have something to say, #VoiceYourHopes someone is listening.
Also, the scholarship seeks to support students financially and also keep a database of students to mentor, to watch out for, to create opportunities for and to support in their future projects either financially or through leads, so this is a great opportunity for you.
HOW TO APPLY
You can apply on Facebook or on Instagram.
Our first application was received on Twitter, however, these Twitter posts will also be reposted on Facebook or Instagram for the attention of the public closely linked to the campaign.
To apply on Instagram:
Create your Video or Photo
Like Account @hovasabee
Post your video or photo with any caption using the hashtags
You may also wish to mention or tag @hovasabee in the caption.
To apply on Facebook:
Create your Video or Photo
Like page S H I P Africa
Post on page your video or photo
Post your video or photo with any caption using the hashtags
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
The deadline is the 30th of April, 2018
Assessment starts in May and ends by May 13th, 2018
Winner will be announced May 14th, 2018
Payment will be made in May to winners account.
Certificate will be sent by email.
WHAT IF A LATE POSTER COPIES MY POST OR STEALS IDEAS FROM MINE
That should not be a problem, our judges are very smart and will ensure that each post, even if they share the same ideas, maintain a certain degree of authenticity, it is also okay to share ideas with other posters, a look at the excerpts posted by our previous Top5 and you will observe that all their essays written independently and sent by email from different parts of Nigeria, shared the same views on the school curriculum as well as other aspects. Do not be afraid to be an early poster as late posts have a tendency to encounter technical problems that may not be fixed before the deadline.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FOLLOWERS?
Do not worry, the category for best content is what we are looking out for first.
Then there is also the category for the post with the most likes, so do not worry about not having enough people to vote for you, our judges will analyse all the content first and we hope that yours wins first place.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE VIDEO?
Shorter videos are usually more engaging but if you can carry the fire all the way to the end of your long video, then please #VoiceYourHopes.
We recommend length of about 30seconds to 3minutes as there may be lots of other videos to watch and analyse.
CAN I MERGE PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM OR USE MORE THAN ONE PHOTO/VIDEO ON FACEBOOK?
Yes, but keep it within the recommended limit. One photo only, unless the photos are a continuous slide with the same flow of ideas.
HOW MANY ENTRIES CAN I SUBMIT?
Do not post photo and video
Either you post a photo
You post a video
If you post on IG, you can post the same item on Facebook, meaning it can appear twice but do not post different things as only one submission will be selected for repost. Remember to add the hashtags
CAN I REMAKE IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT A POST?
Yes, but you will have to delete the post you do not need anymore, if you leave the two, we will only consider the first.
CAN I MERGE VIDEOS ON INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK?
Yes, but keep it within the recommended limit
No need to post both video and photo
Just one entry.
HOW MANY WINNERS WILL EMERGE?
First prize for best content, 2nd prize for most likes.
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Post a comment here or
Send a message to S H I P Africa on Facebook or DM @hovasabee
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
ARE THERE PREVIOUS WINNERS I CAN TALK TO?
Yes, please visit our Facebook pages and see posts also on @hovasabee on Instagram
APART FROM THE MONEY, WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO GAIN?
Please re-read sub-heading WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY
WILL I GET A CERTIFICATE FOR WINNING?
Yes, it will be sent to you by email and another copy will be presented to you during the up-coming conference.
WILL MY OPINION MATTER IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AT ALL?
We are working towards ensuring that other policy advisors and legislative aides present your concerns to decision makers who can influence legislation in the best interests of those whom this matter concerns, collectively.
CAN I JOIN THE CAMPAIGN?
Yes you can, we would appreciate that.
Post anything related or unrelated but suitable for public viewing and use the caption below.
Post video or photo to #VoiceYourHopes and win cash prize!!!!######
The theme is “THE KIND OF EDUCATION I WANT”
Video or photo with best content wins, there will also be a winner with the most likes.
No Complaints…just your wishes…what do you hope to gain from school. ..
See Fb page S H I P Africa for full details
To apply on Facebook, make your video or photo on the theme,
Like page SHIP Africa,
Post your entry with the hashtag
You will be reposted.
To apply on Instagram, follow @hovasabee
Post using the given hashtags
Visit SHIP Africa on Facebook to READ All the details
LIKE page! Post on Page.
Time starts NOW, DEADLINE IS 30 April, 2018
Best content wins!
Most likes also wins!
Thank you for your interest, sincerely wishing you he best and looking forward to seeing your posts.