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Where To Start War Against Corruption – HDI

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Olufunso Owasanoye, Executive Director of Human Development Initiative (HDI),  has said that one cardinal point towards getting it right in terms of fighting corruption in Nigeria is the home.

Owasanoye who stated this in Abuja during the National Education Summit which was organised by Human Development Initiative and is supported by MacArthur Foundation, also said that giving the children in schools sound education depends majorly on teachers’ emotional intelligence.

In her words: “We need to rebuild the foundation that was there before. We need to get to the point where our students called Nigerian students will be called global students.

“Fighting corruption starts from the home. It starts with parenting. How do you mentor your child? What do you say to your child? What do you do in the presence of the child?

“Education is not business as usual. Education is everybody’s responsibility. In our own little corner, we have to look out for strategies and approaches to move education from the level it is from now today to the next.

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“Covid has changed so many things and so we need to change value systems and orientation. It’s not as if education has to be within the four walls of a classroom. Everything is about technology and everyone will have to go through this.

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“At the moment, we are still not there but we are trying. We need to rebuild the foundation that was there before. We need to get to the point where our students called Nigerian students will be called global students.

“Teachers need to be motivated and quality teachers need to be employed. We need adequate teachers and a conducive learning environment.

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“With this, I don’t mean structured alone, but the emotional state of teachers. As a teacher’s, what is your behaviour?

“What is your attitude towards the children? What is your level of emotional intelligence? When you come to the classroom and you transfer aggression to a child, no matter how vast you are in the subject matter, there’s no way teaching and learning can actually take place,”

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