If he attained the pinnacle of academic attainment and became an internationally sought resource, after having access to lean basic and no secondary education; he could be a Bunuman. If he rose from dusty home, distant farms and rubbles called schools to become the only dark-skinned to run the affairs of conglomerate of companies at the apex or multinational corporation at its zenith mondial; he is likely a Bunuman.
He is intelligent, resilient, industrious and hardworking. Had he had access to the class of Lekki British Pre-school, The Regent Primary School and Atlantic Hall School all situated in Bunuland, he would have been better equipped at the foundation to achieve even greater feats, the result of which can only be imagined. But, No! Bunuman hadn’t.
Today, tens of decades down the line, future CEOs of Bunu origin are still either struggling to attend primary schools in pitiable structures, taught by unmotivated teachers or battling with studies in one of the eight (8) sparsely located secondary schools, only two (2) of which offer science subjects in a vast district of 40 communities! Art, Science or Commerce: what is common to all subjects in these schools are inadequacy of staff and equipment as well as indecency and structural deficiency of the learning environment.
Martin Luther King Jr. said “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits”. I have such audacity and I dare say QUALITY EDUCATION is the gateway to all.
Governments at all levels, NGOs, wealthy and influential individuals as well as well-wishers should all come in and do something meaningful about the deplorable condition of education in Bunuland.
There comes a time when ENOUGH has to be ENOUGH. That time is NOW!
– Ibiseun Aroniyo writes from BunuShare this on WhatsApp