By Bashir Rabe Mani
Education has largely been defined as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.Education is also the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, morals, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion and directed research.
The importance of education, which is the elixir of life, cannotbe over emphasized. No nation, society or community can thrive and develop maximally without education . In fact, without all forms education, formal and informal, the society is doomed . Education is also the plausible panacea to all societal maladies .
There is little wonder therefore , when governments, at all levels, across the globe are routinely making efforts to fund education so as to ensure that ,their countries do not lag behind in the scheme of things , amidst the comity of nations . Nation states strive to provide the needed funding for the provision of teaching and learning materials .
In spite of these sustained efforts , there are still glaring deficits in the provision of adequate ultra modern materials and facilities to schools , books inclusive . This therefore rightly underscores the need to complement the efforts of the governments by all and sundry , especially wealthy individuals.
Propelled by the above indisputable fact, the renowned Balarabe Goronyo family, domiciled at the Kofar Bai area, in Sokoto Metropolis, on Monday , February 15,2021, donated over ten thousand exercise and textbooks to Indigent pupils of the Premier Waziri Model Primary School.
The historic event was successfully organized at the school , to mark the International Book Giving Day, 2021, as well as in remembrance ofvthe Progenator of the family, the late Alhaji Balarabe Goronyo.Apart from 10,000 exercise books, assorted textbooks on English, Mathematics, Arabic and Islamic Religious Knowledge were also doled out to the benefitting pupils, who were drawn from Nursery one to Primary six.
Speaking at the event , the Wazirin Sokoto, Emeritus Professor Sambo Wali Junaidu, represented by the Dan Galadiman Waiziri, Dr Ahmad Bello Gidadawa, commended the invalubale gesture by the family.
Professor Junaidu also called for collective efforts in funding education, even as he described pupils and students as collective assets of the society .
” All hands should be on the deck in ensuring adequate funding for efucstion, at all levels.” There is population explosion now , globally, coupled with raging economic down turn, across the world , hence , more of this lofty gesture should be replicated and emulated by all and sundry,”the retired University Don, urged .
The Wazirin Sokoto also noted that,the three tiers of government were being faced with competing demands , hence , their efforts should be fully complemented through commendable invaluable gestures like the one extended to the pupiils by the Balarabe Goronyos. While applauding the family , he also paid glowing tributes to the Progenator , the late Alhaji Balarabe Goronyo, a foremost, pious and educationist who returned to his creator over four decades ago . He also fervently prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant him and other forebears of the great family .
The Spokesperson of the family, Alhaji Bala Balarabe Goronyo, described education as the elixir of life , adfing, ” No society develops without education . Education is both formal and informal .” Instructively, there can be no effective teaching and learning without the requisite books.
” The importance of books to bolstering the above cannot therefore in anyway be under estimated .”This brings to the fore, the imperative of ensuring that , pupils and students , at all levels, globally, have unfettered access to books , all forms of books, indeed.
The donor, Alhaji Zayyanu Aliyu Balarabe Goronyo, said that , the donation of the books wad part of numerous other charitable acts being undertaken by the family.He happily recalled that , the family had in the most recent past sponsored free medical outreaches, that were successively conducted for the indigent residents of Galadunchi, Kofar Bai , Bazza and other adjoining areas .
He explained: ” These acts are just part of our widow’s mite , to extend our helping hands to our less privileged kiths and kins, as we have been ordained by the Almighty Allah.”Zayyanu further stated that, the gesture was part of efforts of doing their own possible best, to pay back to their alma mater that gave them the basic foundational education that was the genesis of the present exalted position .
The Headmaster of the school , Alhaji Nasiru Shehu Bazza, lauded the gesture and promised the judicious distribution of the books . He appealed to other privileged persons to emulate the immeasurable gesture , to complement the efforts of the government .
Spokespersons of the pupils, Mudassiru Hussaini and Farida Sanusi, said that, they were elated as the books would bolster their pursuit of education. The primary six pupils could not hide their joys as the gesture had really gladdened their hearts and those of their colleagues .
Mani the Dan Masanin Mani , is a Sokoto based Jounalist .