Over the years, there have been some Nigerians who set aside the comfort their children may want to have while living with them abroad to send them far away on school basis.
It is not just the comfort of the homes but also the environment the children find themselves which is always seen as one of those places anyone would like to be. Apart from these, while we see some Nigerians based in Nigeria making every necessary savings and sending their children abroad for what is perceived to be better education, their counterpart based abroad in turn send theirs home for the same educational pursuit.
One might be forced to ponder on these two contrasting ventures and ask why it is so that Nigerians abroad send their children back to Nigeria for schools.
In a brief chat with some of these Nigerians, below are some of the reasons they coincidentally gave:
1. Cultural affinity: Every Nigerian abroad always want to carry on his or her cultural heritage. The feeling of kinship makes a man to always remember where he is from no matter how long he may have lived outside his community. To carry that culture along from generation to generation, he deems it highly necessary to not separate same from his offspring. It is utterly correct to refer to the parlance that says it is a man that keeps the lineage but every human, male or female, keeps the culture intact. No wonder those Nigerians abroad who send their children to Nigeria usually send mostly the sons. They send them home to get used to the culture because the little ones the children were taught abroad may not be enough to imbibe that affinity as desired.
2. Investments: Another reason is for the children to be closer to their investments back home. Who are they investing for if not the children primarily? It will be a total waste of resources on investments if a man cannot bring his own children to get used to what he has planted for them in their own home. There are some Nigerians currently faced with the problem of managing their investments in Nigerian on the basis that their children have no iota of interest in being in
Nigeria not to talk having an idea of what the investments are all about. This may have resulted from not relating the children to these things early enough. So, they say it is ideal to carry them along on any little thing being done in Nigeria, except you do not want or have any investments.
3. Future partner (spouse): Still wanting to retain the cultural heritage, these guys love their children to get their spouses from Nigeria. They believe that sending their children to Nigeria to school would open their eyes to having an affair with someone from their origin. At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed ten thousand men to guard the past, Maurice Maeterlinck, a Belgian playwright poet once said.
4. Better education: Nigerian educational system is believed to be more detailed in terms of theory as against the multiple choice systems found in foreign schools (although arguably). This belief is channeled to the secondary school level. There are lots of secondary schools (majorly owned by private individuals) in Nigeria that have the standards of a foreign secondary school. All kinds of equipment are also available. These men believe that a more detailed system of teaching their children will make them more knowledgeable and smarter than they would have been in a school with multiple choice system of education abroad.
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5. Moral standards: this is one of the reasons why Nigerians in Nigeria send their children to private primary schools, private secondary schools, and private universities, especially the ones owned by religious organisations. They believe that the kind of teachings at these religious schools would go a long way to make their children much better people in the society. These same views are projected by the Nigerian parents who decide to send their children to Nigerian schools. It is not as if here are no schools abroad that teach morals as well. There are private schools with high moral standards but very expensive. So they believe that since some private schools in Nigeria have very good facilities and are less expensive, why not? Theodore Roosevelt once said that to educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Thus, the search for moral standards becomes one of the determining factors to send the children to Nigerian schools. My own submission is that you should never let your sense of morals get in the way of your wanting to do the right thing, this is what really matters for you, for your children and the world at large. If you think sending your child to a Nigerian school will do him or her more good, fine. But if you think otherwise, please let the child be where he or she is. Do not do it simply because others are doing it.
Do not make a mistake you will live to always bite your finger.