Over the past few months, I became really intentional about my friends’ list. Sparing extra minutes to check out profiles and common friends in a bid to determine whether to confirm or decline a friend request.

Reason was because my news feed was beginning to look like “dugbe”. I also weeded my friends list and went further to look out for women doing amazing things in various sectors to add and glean from (maybe, become real friends with). Somehow, I think if all your friends are guys, you are missing out on something…There are amazing women out there!

I also realized I was getting more male requests…lol

Based on my observations, these young women and men I have become “friends” with are a mix full-time entrepreneurs, part-time entrepreneurs with day jobs and the real 9–5ers.

I can tell that the expertise or knowledge they share have been acquired from undergoing self-study, coaching sessions, after-school training and/or nano degrees . Somehow, I have been made to believe these people earn a living utilizing their skill or monetizing their knowledge, as sole source of revenue or augmenting income from other sources.

Very few people earn enough as full-time workers to meet all their bills in this country and that’s a fact.

There has been a lingering, growing trend of unemployment for university graduates and other school leavers due to inadequate jobs and insufficient skill sets for the relatively few jobs available.

Graduates must necessarily attend after-school programmes to level up and be deemed suitable for employment by top organizations.

As I go further, I wish to unequivocally state my belief that: “education never fails, only systems fail”.

The outcome we face today is a result of underlying problems in the institutions that should uphold and develop our education system (in terms of pedagogy and content).

Here is the crux;

We keep complaining about youth unemployment, poor remuneration, poor learning output, lack of skills, yet, more school leavers are fighting to gain admission into universities. Most of which will end up jobless upon graduation.

I am not in any way insinuating that acquiring a university degree is wrong, rather, I crave your indulgence and ask; if our education system isn’t working as it is, why do we keep prioritizing university degrees over short academic courses/nanodegrees/vocational courses?

Technology has brought with it skills gap and also opportunities for learning. Why are young people still required to learn in formal settings and write standardized tests?

Technology will continue to disrupt the job space causing substantial job losses. How are we forecasting bearing in mind, our growing population and the future of work?

The best schools in this age are the ones leveraging technology to connect employment with education. If a young girl with career ambition to be a software developer, graduates with a CS degree without adequate programming language skills acquired in the course of her studentship, we did she sit in class for 4 years when she could have acquired needed skills online in less than 2years.

The best secondary schools are those that will take values, ethics and STEAM seriously. The world needs more people who are mindful, creative, critical thinkers, proffering solutions and engaging to solve problems.

Theories and concepts provide good foundations but if we are not building on them, we are failing. Theories have been debunked and some researches extended.

Titrations can now be simulated, digital learning provides experiential knowledge and relatively cheaper in some cases.

New elements have been added to the periodic table, I could bet some schools somewhere do not know this.

Technological is changing the way we live and will determine the future of work for a long time to come. As we ask for more industries, let us also ask ourselves what our roles will be in those industries.

If technology can play your role, you should be finding another means of livelihood. Maybe not you, what about your children?

Our schools should change in the way we teach and content of our subjects.

It’s too risky to remain where we are; we catch up or get taken over.