Education has origins in ubuntu which constitutes love, happiness, justice, and society. To think otherwise is what constitutes slavery. The man stumbles in the face of corruption, bad governance among others because education to him is nothing other than an enterprise, a scheme with no origins in the self. The major crisis in the quality of modern education has roots in its attempt to suspend ubuntu in theory and practice. This marked its eventual death in practice.
The destiny of education is not skilling, it is not an enterprise. Education ends and begins in self- realization. We should not embrace a causal journey of education. The point is why does one go to school? Is to it obtain skill? No! the reason why we go to school is to serve ourselves, to improve ourselves, skill is secondary.
The dilemma in modern education is that there is a steady displacement of man from the table of education by the markets, they have become the authors of education.
Whereas market principles are important, and education driven by the same is not sustainable as it is devoid of the human basic structure[ubuntu] thus its relevancy inevitably fades in practice.
It follows therefore that ubuntu is an imperative in the education journey because what sustains a graduate in the realm of tempting vices like corruption, bad governance, etc. is not a skill but this constant dialogue between the self and the original philosophy of education and work. Education is developing freedom towards ubuntu. Skill cannot resist corruption. I hold a view that skill premised on ubuntu is a formidable combination.
It is ubuntu that provides the natural link between education and man otherwise the graduate lacks a safeguard against cunning vices such as corruption, bad governance, and exploitation. An education predominated by the markets only produces a synthetic graduate and subsequently poses an existential threat to man. Education lacked a founding tradition upon which to dialogue with the world/reality. Ubuntu was suspended yet it is a constant.
Like I already said, ubuntu is not an ideology, it transcends beyond the horizon of ideologies. Call it the lord of ideologies, it must be noted that ideologies are limited by time but ubuntu is not. It is a constant, ubuntu is not subject to change.
It is a check and balance on all ideologies. Any ideology that is not premised on ubuntu is not sustainable. In fact, the end of any ideology is rooted in the move of such ideology to have independence from ubuntu. Education, politics, economics, religion, etc. are all worthless slaves of ubuntu.
Education is a journey in the meaning of existence. Skill and capital are mere steps in this journey. Capitalism, socialism, and communism which largely influence what happens in modern society are all worthless dependents of ubuntu because they originate from the natural calling to safeguard the constitution of ubuntu/humanity and its practice. Ubuntu is a natural law that affirms the original elements of humanity [love, togetherness, happiness, justice].
This hypothesis is absent in modern education and this explains why the graduate has easily fatigued in the face of human vices. Education no longer presents itself as an attraction to ordinary men and women because the products of modern education are mere agents of market interests and new age ideologies. They don’t realize the permanency of human basic structure.
Ubuntu is what gives a student a standard of judgment against every reality a student encounters throughout the education journey and post-school life.
With the above, the eventual death of the social, political, and economic industry is premised on the philosophy upon which students enter the school.
Ubuntu cannot be reduced to simple association…it penetrates the industrial cycles. It is the protagonist thereto.
By KAMURINDE JOHN
A lawyer and a writer.