I watched the movie, ‘the social network’; to say I was inspired would be an understatement- I have been touched by heaven’s purest light. The thing with light is that, it helps you see clearly. I now see how youths are terribly affected by the inadequacies that characterize our educational system.
The University should be a place that inspires new ideas and concepts that would drive the nation to greater heights. What we have in our case is a system that is dismally inadequate and inhibiting. Students are forced to memorize, for exams sake alone, methods and theories that are in many cases, outdated. There is no true learning happening in our schools anymore. The ones who succeed eventually either have wealthy and well placed parents or just have an incredibly high level of understanding of things. I agree that acquiring knowledge and wisdom is optional; but getting an education-quality education-shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a right
I understand that ‘the social network’ is but a movie, however, the facts are there. Our colleagues over there, who we are supposed to interact with on the global scene, are far more prepared than we are, and it has little or nothing to do with the individual student’s desire to be educated-no it has more to do with a government that understands the order of things and the place of education in its society. It recognizes the impact that a well educated citizenry will yield for it.
The movie clearly makes one truth evident- nothing is impossible, if only you believe. Every child, every youth, every Nigerian should be able to believe this truth, and appreciate the extent to which it is applicable to them. A 26 year old is the world’s youngest billionaire, sitting over a company worth about $25 billion. It happened because there was an abundant air of possibility around him that wasn’t even created by him; but it fed his inner-man till it yielded such an outcome. It happened because he lives in a system that is alive and responsive. My life has changed since seeing that movie, and I want as many people as possible, especially the young, to get the opportunity to change their thought pattern and improve their lives totally.
I recommend that the movie be described as a ‘necessary watch’ to every young person out there. To kids in elementary school, to teenagers in high schools and the young people in colleges. Let the change we seek start from within and let the healing start from the inside.
I B E L I E V E ! ! !