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AN OPEN LETTER TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: 12 life lessons you never get at school

Education is the most important weapon one can use to change society — Nelson Mandela said

However, most of us tend to think that education is limited to school. Truth be told, there a lot of life lessons in Uganda that are not taught in schools but have got a lot to say in one’s success in life. thus, a lot of graduates often feel betrayed by education attained at school.

Today in Uganda education and its brother unemployed graduates are one of the major causes of depression to parents. These include but are not limited to:

1. How to create aid habits.

Truth be told, success does not emerge from the vacuum. You will agree with me that in order to achieve one’s goal in life. Having skill, capital and knowledge is not enough. One has got to be inculcate habits in him/herself that will cement the relationship between skill, knowledge and capital. These habits help an individual to resist destructive life circumstances that may take one off truck.

2. Importance of travel.

Travel is like reading. Travel helps one face new life experiences…it’s a learning process. Thus, people that travel are most likely not to be at the same pace of understanding or handling life circumstances like non-travelers. Very few schools take students for outing. It’s in outing or touring that man interfaces with existence. This makes the mind productive.

3. How to network.

For those that are already facing the huddles of life are witnesses of this simple word. That however much you study or work, without networking the reward is less. Without friends it’s hard to get a job, market among other things. This is not given much emphasis in schools. Yet it plays a major role in life after school.

4. How to avoid corruption.

What is taught in school is fighting corruption not avoiding the same. The fact remains that, the effects of corruption have got far reaching effects on society. The education systems seem to provide cure rather than emphasizing prevention.

5. Meaning of education.

Most schools emphasize the importance of education but don’t go deep to emphasize the meaning of education to the student. For example, is education all about studying to get a job or create a job?

Understanding the meaning of education to man gives education authenticity. If education does not change you as a human being then you can’t change society. If it does not affirm your humanity then it becomes slavery.

6. How to negotiate.

This is paramount in our daily lives. Be it cracking business deals or managing conflicts. Negotiating is one skill that sustains progress of a human being.

7. The importance of marriage/marriage management.

This is one of the fundamentals of society. At a certain stage majority of the people transit to this stage. Family is one organizational unit that streamlines the developmental stage of a human being. We know that a family is a foundation of society and subsequently a state. However, schools are shy to face this life reality yet it plays a paramount role in the development of an individual and society.

8. How to extract time as a resource.

Time is one of the fundamental natural resources of man. The beauty of it is that its available to every human being. It’s one natural resource that is available to everyone…. nothing man can do without time. Given that human life is finite. Good time management constitutes the base of every successful person.

9. Money management.

There is no doubt, money is increasingly becoming the engine of human life…money has got a bearing on everything we do as human beings. So better money management should be the elementary of education. People should be taught the importance of this right from the childhood.

10. How to love.

Love is a component of human life and therefor the same should be cemented in man. Like my friend Raymond Mugisha says “the free-range social growth pattern” has left society without a definitive standard of love. Thus no one can define love.

The concept of love and hate has been left for traditional custom schools. The concept of love is paramount in all spheres of society it’s a lifelong companion of man.

11. Facing and accepting failure.

First of all, many of us in life cannot define failure…we have left society to gamble on what is failure and success and this has had far reaching effects on society. For example, a simple boda-boda man that genuinely works hard every day to earn a living for himself and the family is defined as a failure whereas a government employee that swindles government money and constructs structures and structures of factories and houses is defined as successful.

The student has not been taught to streamline the difference between success and failure. Thus, in the process of working out this he/she became a slave of both.
Furthermore, accepting failure is success itself…that is why leaders have failed to get out of power. The education seems to be training either small gods or slaves of society.

12. Self-awareness.

Self-awareness connotes self-discovery. Education is for self-awareness. The primary purpose of education is to help us discover who we are, to affirm our humanity. That the primary purpose of education is to help us discover our human heart which is constituted of love, happiness, joy, fairness and natural justice.

That education, a job and money that doesn’t provide these is not worth.

In conclusion, herein above are some of the paramount life lessons that are not taught in school. Thus, a student is left to take individual efforts to learn these life fundamentals in the post-school period.

BY KAMURINDE JOHN
A lawyer and an author.

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