Every geographical location, be it a community, society or nation has its own unique demands, challenges, opportunities and responsibilities and therefore needs its own indigenous approach to education as an indigenous solution in meeting her mental, physical, political, economic, social, moral and cultural needs of its people.
The concept of indigenous educational approach stems from the understanding that, “Every nation or society is unique and different from others and has peculiarities in its political, social, economic, and cultural demands.” Thus, the educational approach of every society or nation should be 80% indigenous as a means of empowering its people to rise up to the challenge of meeting their nation’s related politico-socio-economic and cultural needs, with 20% international standard education to facilitate cross-cultural interaction and global exchange.
No nation is supposed to depend completely on others for its educational approach. 20% inspiration is enough from outside, while each nation needs to develop 80% indigenous approach to education as a move towards achieving political, social and economic independence relative to its unique demands, challenges, opportunities and responsibilities.
The advantages of indigenous educational approach!
Independence: There is great power in the independence of a people. Independence in this sense is the state by which a nation develops its uniqueness and individuality to the level of solving its own problems. An indigenous educational approach will definitely develop the individuality of a nation since it is tailored to correspond to the related politico-socio-economic and cultural demands of a nation. That is the level a nation can talk about independence.
Any independence out of being able to express the uniqueness and individuality of a society or nation is a mere slogan. There are many nations and societies, which have never experienced true independence because their politico-socio-economic systems are imported from other societies and nations contracted through their borrowed educational systems.
NB: No nation can thrive on adopted principles and policies.
The educational approach of a nation shapes the civilization of that nation. A borrowed educational system will only prepare citizens to live in countries they borrowed their educational concept from rather than theirs since applying what they studied in their own environments may prove difficult. This is the plight of many developing societies as their citizens find it difficult to live in their countries because the mentality they got from school is opposite to what their nations demand.
No society or nation can attain true independence in the absence of indigenous leaders, individual citizen’s whose potential have developed to the point they can direct their nation’s politico-socio-economic destinies.
When the educational approach of a society or nation is borrowed, it can only produce second class citizens, who must submit to external influence in directing and management their nation’s politico-socio-economic affairs.
Indigenous leaders are the pride of every nation. They are the positive visionaries, revolutionaries, pioneers and independent thinkers whose contribution is legendary to their societies and nation’s development.
Civilisation is global, but can equally have a nationalist dimension. Every nation needs a civilization relative to its politico-socio-economic-cultural and environmental needs. Such a civilization can only be birthed from within a nation as a result of the indigenous educational contribution of its citizens.
No one knows a nation like the people of the nation. Thus, the best solutions and answers can be better provided by the indigenous people of a nation in all areas.
The discovery and maximization of indigenous potential!
There are great potentials within each nation. Outstanding leaders, authors, managers, proprietors, scientists, etc. In fact, the best personnel of a nation are within the nation. This great potential of personnel can be discovered and developed to their full capacity only when each nation accepts and believes in the concept of indigenous educational approach.
Many societies and nations are graveyards of human potential because of a lack of confidence in their indigenous potential. Most nations prefer to import experts than to develop the expertise of their people. Thus, living the wealth of their indigenous potential untapped and undeveloped.
Every nation with the vision to attain independence and development and a revolution in her educational approach in the 21st century must produce academic programs, which are indigenous discoveries. To achieve this, a nation must exercise faith on her few indigenous visionaries, educationists and independent thinkers to provide direction on the best indigenous educational approach needed by the nation.