Education as a commons: Schooling for children in a developing country


It is everyone’s obligation to get these children educated in a better and conducive environment, they are the future of this world where-ever they find themselves. Help in anyway constitute a joint effort especially to make the world a better place for everyone to live. In developing countries, education at least suppose to be free at all levels but opposite is the case, parents have to struggle to educate their children by all means. In the 60s when white collar jobs were becoming popular, parents – usually peasant farmers, fishermen, market women, bricklayers, labourers and so on were encouraged by propaganda to educate their children for a better future. Between 60s and the present in developing countries, education has been commodified because of the infiltration of private schools, whose fees are unaffordable for an average low or middle class parents. This current paradigmatic shift creates a false competition of enclosure to our educational system and robbed the children of their rights to be educated. It was discovered recently by an independent research organisation that only 10% of Nigerian private schools were confident of good grades in the qualifying examinations.

What is education?

According to Google online, it is ‘the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university’ this could be interpreted as enlightening, pedagogy, teaching, training and, so on.

Mark Smith on infed, defined education for a starter as ‘a wise, hopeful and respectful cultivation of learning undertaken in the belief that all should have the chance to share in life’ but in the real sense, it a process and an outcome.


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