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21st CENTURY UNIONISM: A VERITABLE PANACEA FOR NIGERIA’S EDUCATIONAL WOES

“I pity the guy who wants a coat so inexpensive that the person who makes it will go hungry in the process.” ————— Harrison, Benjamin

They believe that a mind that knows is a mind that is free. Education is a formidable weapon that must be gained in order for a mind to know.

The value of education in a country cannot be underestimated or suddenly disorganized without previous oversight, therefore the necessity in giving a solution to Nigeria’s educational system, which is living in its former glory.

Professor Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel winner, condemned Nigeria’s educational system as a catastrophic disaster in 2011 and urged for a state of emergency to be declared in the educational system.

Everyone agrees that Nigeria urgently needs a Messiah in the educational sector, regardless of our position, community, or even family.

However, in order for a choice to be successful, the specific issue must be revealed.

Some Nigerians no longer trust in our school system and instead study so-called Yahoo Yahoo from a young age.

Some Nigerians feel that leaving the nation is a good way to get a good education.

It’s no surprise that many of the offspring of prominent officials were studying overseas.

Some believe in Aluta Continua and strive to make the most of it, while others believe in Unionism.

Whatever sect we belong to or whatever beliefs we have, the issue persists and there is an urgent need to reform or fail.

Is it truly the greatest approach to improve to ignore one’s flaws? Taking a quick glance at Nigeria’s educational system, western education in Nigeria belonged to missionaries who supervised the educational system (primary schools) based on their separate beliefs prior to the entry of the British colonial authority in the education system in 1882. The British colonial administration took complete control of Nigeria’s educational system in 1882, creating secondary and tertiary levels.

The educational system was steadily trying to reach its apex even without much so-called SOPHIST.

Moving ahead, following Nigeria’s independence in 1962, there is a significant rise in the number of basic and secondary schools, while universities expand from 1 to 5. Currently, the nation has 153 institutions, with a population of about 150 million people and 500,000 students graduating each year.

What a fantastic achievement in this day and age to be able to have as many institutions as feasible.

But, Dear Readers, do you feel that the structural development of our educational system is precisely proportionate to the increase in issues we face every day?
As the number of students in universities increases, the number of available resources decreases due to a lack of funding, a lack of teaching aids, a lack of infrastructure, unstable staff due to meager salaries earned by teachers, and a lack of good teachers’ welfare, which always leads to a strike; thus, the declination in the standard of education in Nigeria has not yet survived from the pool of blood, but rather our government continues Endorsing new institutions into the system.

Trade unions first appeared in Nigeria in the 1800s and early 1900s, when British capitalists established enterprises in several nations in the south, East and West Africa, and beyond.

Workers formerly utilized by colonialists and still subjected to forced labor and poor salaries were used in such nations.

As forced laborers reached their breaking point, they fought exploitation, resulting in the first industrial strike in Nigeria in 1897.

No surprise many instructors struggle to afford three square meals a day and live a decent life.
The meal routine is now a binary number function reality (101).

Breakfast sustainability refers to consistently skipping lunch till you eat your supper. He remarked, according to Philip Randolph…

“The goal of trade unionism is to improve society. The labor movement has been a haven for the despised, the neglected, the oppressed, and the poor “Philip Randolph

Moving on, the first trade union in Nigeria was formed on August 19, 1912, as a result of this early resistance. The Nigeria Civil Service Union was its name.

However, because it was not recognized until 1938, when the trade union ordinance was enacted, this union faced harassment from employers. As the workforce becomes more educated, a strong union movement encompassing workers with college and advanced degrees emerges.

This resulted in twenty-first-century unionism. Unionism in the twenty-first century focuses on increasing workers’ bargaining power and giving them the right to representation in decisions affecting their working lives.

A labor union Is defined explanatorily as a labor union, an association of workers in a specific trade, industry, or company formed for the purpose of collective bargaining to improve pay, benefits, working conditions, or social and political status.

In relation to the preceding, trade unions are worker associations in a specific trade such as education, health, finance, and so on. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers are two trade unions in the education sector (NUT).

The main aim and purpose of a union, according to the Nigeria Trade Union Act (section 1, of the trade union act of 1973, as amended in 2005), is to represent their workers in the regulation of wages and working conditions within industries. Other responsibilities include acting as a watchdog for government education policy and bringing forth ideas about the country’s educational development from the perspective of teachers.

The conditions should not allow the educational system to deteriorate since it is a heritage that must be preserved, yet here we are, with inadequate facilities, antiquated libraries, and even delayed wage payments for a whole NATION of BUILDERS. Obviously, we are playing with the flames of destruction, thus educational Unionism emerges.

Unionism in the twenty-first century has evolved several techniques for obtaining their rights from the government, one of which is collective bargaining, which is often done numerous times but achieves no results before the union goes on an extended strike.

The union has taught the praying mantis how to dance; it is up to the praying mantis to dance effectively to it, which most of the time does not result in a strike.

The union is supposed to strike the warning gong in front of the whole people, and even afterwards, they keep the warning bell ringing without opposing action, but the enigma of how the situation between them and the government remains unbroken. They make the whole image diminish, while we see them as the Messiah.

Dear Government, Have you ever considered our future in your agenda or just for you to use us as instrumentalists during the election and to the union as well? We asked you to be our Messiah, but the issue is now like a breadcrumb, you will first eat yours before remembering the household, are you trying to solve the challenges we are facing or are you trying to solve your pocket emptiness all in the name of shouting for increment?
Moving on, the IPPIS problem has long trapped us in a bind, with no clear path forward, but the truth is that the union is not there for our benefit. They only spoke things about publicity.

Isn’t it past time we applied our reasoning to the situation? The government wants to set up a payment system for everyone of you. But we just heard about the beginning of the situation, and after a lengthy run, you go on an endless strike, and students go into dormancy because they can’t handle the strain you put on them. Definitely, once you start school in Nigeria, be prepared to spend unknown years in your various courses; this is what truly prompted the foundation of the so-called Union, or are you merely fighting for your purse without regard for your own future? We, in general, demand a new age in which such difficulties are no longer answered but rather removed from our educational system’s vocabulary.

To summarize, Nigeria’s educational difficulties have a remedy, one of which is to reintroduce this century’s unionism rather than the one we know, since together we stand, divided we fall. If they really believe in the growth of everybody, we shall accomplish our goal of solving the impenetrable riddle.

However, let us think that after this revolution in our twenty-first-century unionism, they cannot assist to address the difficulties alone without the whole engagement of the government in bringing Nigeria’s educational system back from the brink of collapse, as well as the entire population. We can all pull it off. When preparation meets opportunity, success is unavoidable.

According to Matt Damon, “There has been a general War on Unions. Breaking up unions, paying less, and providing less right is not the solution “. I believe we still have more to gain for the system and should not break the entire being at this point.

Disconnect between Education and Development in Nigeria: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Twenty-First Century

The paper investigates the Education and Development Disconnect in Nigeria and argues that education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is the key to Nigeria’s long-term development and global competitiveness.

According to the paper, education is the pivot of national transformation and development, but Nigeria’s dysfunctional educational system perpetuates and deepens poverty and underdevelopment, and as a result, resource-rich Nigeria is shamefully described as a low human development country with blunted edges in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Reports and the World Economic Forum Africa and Global Competitiveness Reports.

Using secondary data, the paper contends that a human-rights-based approach to education, investment in quality education, environmental education, research and innovation, achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and science and technology are necessary for Nigeria’s long-term development and global competitiveness.

Essentially, Nigeria’s educational system, policies, and practices should be reoriented toward sustainable development, which is a tripod of interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of equitable and sustainable economic growth, human development, and environmental conservation for present and future generations.

According to the paper, all curricula and taxonomies of education, including environmental education, are subsumable under ESD, which provides individuals and societies with the knowledge, values, and skills to live and work in an equitable, secure, and sustainable manner, balancing economic well-being and human development with cultural tradition and respect for and protection of the earth’s natural resources and environment.

To that aim, the report proposes a Virtuous Cycle of Education for Sustainable Development (VCESD) Model for Nigeria’s national transformation, sustainable development, and global competitiveness, among other proposals.

Education, Development, Sustainable Development, Education for Sustainable Development, Global Competitiveness are some key phrases.

Introduction
Education is a fundamental goal of growth and a significant end in itself. Education is both an input and an output of development, and it is crucial to the wider concept of growing human capacities, which is the fulcrum of progress.

Simultaneously, education is critical to a developing country’s ability to absorb contemporary technologies and acquire the potential for self-sustaining growth and development (Todaro and Smith, 2009:369). In other words, education is the master key to unlocking a country’s potential for national change and long-term human growth.

Development is an eclectic social change paradigm focused at improving the situation and quality of life of individuals, particularly the majority of the poor and vulnerable people in society.

To be meaningful, development must be sustainable, that is, it must continue for an extended period of time without harming the environment, for the benefit of current and future generations.

According to Jhingan (2007:22), sustainable development indicates that progress should “continue.”

It focuses on achieving long-term gains in the quality of life for all people by increasing real income per capita, improving education, health, and general well-being, and improving the quality of natural environmental resources.

The importance of education in fostering sustainable development was made clear by Agenda 21, the global action plan for the twenty-first century, during the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (UNCED, 1992).