Abstractions from Aristotle’s Polis and Plato’s Republic for Education, Self-Actualization and Sustainability in Nigeria (Published)
The paper adumbrated on prevalent circumstances surrounding the delivery of the type of education that may not correspond to sustainability in Nigeria. This is against the backdrop of a plethora of negative imperatives in the motive, mode and usages for educational certificates instead of knowledge and merit. Abstracting from the philosophical postulations embedded in Aristotle’s Polis and Plato’s Republic as its theoretical foundation, the paper argued that education for self-actualization, if not skewed to align with the goal needs of the larger society cannot confer sustainability in the long run. Mainly descriptive in approach, the paper inferred that apart from the fact of poor funding and outmoded curriculum contents of Nigerian educational programme, which result in the churning out of graduates adjudged to be largely unemployable, a great number of education seekers still hold unto the misconception that an educational certificate, no matter how acquired and what nature it is, provides, not just jobs, but white collar jobs, whereas this had long been supplanted by pragmatism, smartness, innovation and creativity. The paper therefore recommended, among others, improved funding, the re-appraisal of educational curriculum, improvement in schools’ infrastructure, training of teachers etc.; community involvement in platforms for counselling, support and skill acquisition centres for alternative development; and the acquisition of skill sets in computer/ICT related programmes, arts and crafts, as complements to educational certificates that are expected to train the head and equip the hands at the same time.
After the failure of the revolt 1857, it was turning point in the history of the Muslims of subcontinent. At last they have lost their political power in the India. Their economic sources were reduced and socio-cultural equipment was not adapted to succeed under the British rule. The Muslims of India were facing demise in every aspect of life. Muzaffargarh was a most backward district of the country .There was lack of education. People were almost ignorant and they had no interest to acquire educationkno .Some chairity institutions were founded in the district. The major institution was Anjman-e-Islamia Muzaffargarh with small institutions in the district like Madarsa Manba-ul- Alom and Anjman Shaban-ul-Muslimin. Both institutions were running with the support of Anjman-e-Islamia Muzaffargarh. This study is about the role of Anjman-e- Islamia Muzaffargarh.Anjman played an important role in spreading education in the district. Anjman was a fourm of the Muslim in District Muzaffargarh to highlight their socio-cultural problems. It was asignificant factor in stimulating political awareness among the Muslims of the district.