ADDRESS BY PROF. E.U. AKUSOBA DURING THE FIRST SOUTH-EAST EDUCATION SUMMIT ORGANIZED BY THE CONSULTATIVE FORUM OF VICE-CHANCELLORS OF SOUTH-EAST UNIVERSITIES(THE FAMILY, THE CHURCH AND SOCIETY AS AGENTS IN REVIVING EDUCATIONAL VALUES IN SOUTH EASTERN STATES OF NIGERIA.)

AUTHOR: PROF. E.U. AKUSOBA

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA     

 The theme of this seminar indicates that the organizers and many of us participants are not amateur bunglers in education. It indicates that we are aware that education is the most reliable ,instrument of social mobility and cohesion, one of the essential determinants of the destiny of a nation in terms of social, political and economic development. I am not too sure, however, that many of us here easily recognize education as a process through which the society transmits, preserves and improves its culture, as a process of culture package handover to the younger generation to enable these young people maintain the present achievements and standards and to improve on these. Many of us in the academy of education certainly realize that the culture package transmission occurs in quanta at the levels of the family, the school, the church and society which are agents that are mutually non-exclusive. In this discourse, therefore, sharp demarcations between the competing contributions of these various agents may not be very self evident and delineated. Let me however, opine that schooling, though a process of education, is not education. If attending institutions of learning meant education, we would not be here discussing educational values and how to revive them; we would have turned our attention to school achievements and values.

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