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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

`Our universities must strive to improve human condition`

28th February 2012

Education is a vital component of any society, but especially of a developing one whereas if a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never shall be. A nation which values its future affords the highest priority to providing good or quality education for its young people.

Good education is the beginning of wealth, health, spirituality and it is where the miracle process all begins. It is said that if someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need motivation to speed him up, what he needs is good education to turn him around.

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. Ignorance is illness. Ignorance is backwardness. Ignorance is under-development. It all stems from ignorance.

In trying to transform our backward country into a prosperous one, we are confronted with arduous tasks and our experience is far from adequate.

This demands good education and we must be good at learning. Conditions are changing all the time, and to adapt our thinking to the new conditions, we need good education.

We must learn to apply what we have learnt from others so that we can attract all that we want. Let the views of others educate and inform us, but of course in the end, let our decisions be a product of our own conclusions. There is certainly a lot to learn from our abroad brothers and sisters.

They are trying very hard to transform their countries after many years of reversals and failures due to poor leadership and inappropriate policies. We need to strengthen our ties with that are advanced academically. For many years, we have been looking to Europe but we are still poor and under-developed.

Education is a major factor for social change. We think it is important that our universities are made to accept their role as active agents of national integration and social justice. We will not have development for all until we have integral education for all.

Our universities should be awakening unawareness that the whole nation benefits from their services, and that the whole nation should therefore join in providing the resources they need to carry out their task. Our universities must participate in the transformation of present-day society and in the wake of bettering the human condition.

They should commit themselves in working with the rest of the nation in their concern for societal problems. They have a vital role to play in the overall project of changing our society.

We must not forget that a lack of quality education lies at the base of the unjust social structures in our country.

The country’s university system has failed the nation and it is clear that the curriculum of our universities need to be reviewed so that they can support sustainable development.

Truly, "we need to review the curriculum at all levels so that learners are better prepared for the challenges that Tanzania faces; there is need to realign universities so that they meet the demands or needs of our people and that they stay with the people if sustainable development is to be realized". To educate for development is to impart those criteria without which that development becomes a chimera, if not a dangerous deception.

We think our nation should work so that our people are enriched culturally, intellectually and technically, without restrictions on this process.

So that if everyone wants the honour of having a good university degree, then everyone should have the chance to get one; without, of course, this implying that if everyone has a university degree, then everyone is going to have a job that corresponds to that degree.

But this is a problem that has to be solved by creating facilities for study, and, of course, in the knowledge that having a degree will not automatically guarantee a job that corresponds to that degree.

However, we need to channel our university programmes towards the basic careers in which there is a greater need at the present time in the country.

Let’s see how we can be able to extend university education and make it popular to enable our universities to serve our people better. Let us afford the highest priority to providing quality education for all our young people.

This is the only way we will see a reversal of fortunes.

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