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Formal Education: A Catalyst to Nation Building

A Case Study of Nigeria


Anthony Ikechukwu Chimaka

The smallest and most remote villages in the developing countries are affected by the rapid and seemingly irresistible trend towards globalization. The limitless availability of information however necessitates education to stand out as the key factor for human and national development. But which conditions must be met by societies for education systems to perform this function effectively? Which benefits in turn must education systems provide to ensure social cohesion? These general considerations are exemplified by an analysis of the social situation of Nigeria, where one third of the whole population did not receive an education and thus cannot participate in the opportunities of modern social structures. As an advocate of the social values of freedom, dignity and charity the church stated clearly that education belongs to the inalienable human rights. The study argues that only a holistic development of each and every citizen of Nigeria will lead to the development of Nigeria as a nation. It portrays the areas where lack of formal education has slowed down the implementation and acceptance of modern techniques and as a result has hampered development. It critically analyses the Nigerian educational system and concludes by suggesting strategies towards national development.
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← vi | vii → Acknowledgement


The opportunity to pursue this study in Germany in the area of Christian Social Ethics was granted to me by the bishop emeritus of the Catholic diocese of Okigwe his Lordship, Rt. Rev. Dr. A.E. Ilonu of the blessed memory. I remain ever grateful to him. May his gently soul rest in perfect peace! Amen. I am also grateful to my present Bishop, his Lordship, Rt. Rev. Dr. S.A. Amatu for his continued support.

My special thanks go to my first and second moderators, Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Droesser and Prof. Dr. Richard Nebel respectively. They were dedicated, humane and fatherly. Their insights, expertise and guidance during the course of my research and writing this work is second to none. They were really wonderful and are the kinds every student should be happy to have as moderators.

I acknowledge the support, care, love, cordiality and sacrifices expended on me by my parents, brothers and sisters and other family members. I am grateful for their assistance, patience and prayers during the period of my study. Likewise, I appreciate the contributions, gestures and concerns of all my relatives, friends and colleagues. I remain indebted to Rev. Frs. Dr. Sabinus Iweadighi, Kenneth Kurumeh, Martin Asiegbu, and Mr Rupert P Hanbury for painstakingly reading through the manuscripts. Others include, Rev. Frs. Dr. Reginald Ejikeme, Innocent Ezeani, Pfarrer Leopold Bosendörfer, Herr Anton Wagner, Dr. Dr. Stefan Schenk, Hans Englert, Rev. Fr. Dr. Fidelis Kwazu, the Families of Hutten, Stein and...

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