If you take out all the students from a school, you’re left with a massive staff room.
The student body is the core of the entire school and we have the power of numbers and the finances (at least our parents do).
So why don’t we use it?
Being the most knowledgeable generation, we understand that what we need to succeed in real life (aka the after grad life) is more than textbook information.
Who textbook epp?
What we need are practical classes that simulate situations we’ll deal with in the future and how to effectively handle those situations.
Things like financial literacy, entrepreneurship (actually recognizing and supporting student businesses) should take front seat in our education now.
Take a look at the course outlines for many courses in schools outside the country.
These people finished work on their educational system.
They designed it to encourage creative thinking and problem solving mindset for students.
Our own is to cram note and Sembuligham and hustle for grades when we don’t know anything las las.
Okay our system MAY not be entirely rotten but either ways, e don do abeg. We’re tired of it.
Being the most affected, the student bodies (across universities) need jazz up and look for any opportunity to push for change, no matter how little.
We’re not asking anybody to protest and carry cardboards (yet 🌝) but there are ways to make our system even just a little bit better.
Before you roll your eyes and call it impossible, stay with me.
I’m talking about your school in particular not the entire country oh.
(No strength for Nigeria as a whole abeg)
But imagine if little by little, we all started making noise where we are.
Check out the #endsars movement. It didn’t end the way we wanted but they know what we can do now.
More importantly we know what we can do just by unifying for change.
We can start like this:
Step 1 – We need to know wassup.
We have to broaden our knowledge by finding out what other schools (both home and abroad) are doing differently that makes their system run smoother.
Then we compare those things with what we have and figure out where it’s going wrong in our school.
Step 2 – We have to talk the talk.
These things should become a part of our regular conversations as students. Not everyday, Wizkid and Davido 🙄
Not just complaining but talking about possible solutions to problems. If we do this consistently, we’ll be training our minds to always create solutions to problems instead of adding to it.
Step 3 – Use every tool in the box.
Harass your Student representative council. Lol jk.
But seriously, they are a good route to the school management and our first line of address. Having the right conversations with the council will help them know what to make noise for when they meet with the management.
Raise these conversations with staff whenever you have the opportunity; especially the ones you can approach before you bag yourself a solid carryover 🌝
Write respectfully addressed letters and drop in suggestion boxes (if available)
Emphasis on the “…respectfully addressed” because my hand no dey oh
Step 4 – Creating clubs and societies
If the school is doing nothing, then we should be doing something. Using clubs is a practical way to set up for what we want.
We can teach ourselves what little we know as we grow (spitting mad flows like whoa 🔥)
Organizations and social bodies are more likely to lend a helping hand to a structure like a club than to random individuals with ideas.
Step 5 – Be ready to sow and not reap
Sad truth is if you’re ready to fight for a change, also be prepared to not fully enjoy that change.
By the time things start to take shape in your school, you might be graduating or have already graduated. But we must be pace setters because people also fought for what we now enjoy but didn’t have the luxury themselves.
This sounds like some long-walk-to-freedom movement but our mumu don do. If we don’t start doing something now, it’ll be a lot harder as time goes.
This could be the beginning of something for us. We just need to start somewhere.
Written by Lois Samari