My 16year old cousin who is currently in form 2, reached out to me two weeks ago asking for some advice as he was feeling overwhelmed with school. So, I hopped on a call with him that went on for about an hour. He shared with me something that most of us who went through the 8-4-4 system can relate to.
Eric, my cousin, strongly felt like most of what he was learning in school would not be relevant to him later in life. Phew!! I could relate! He wishes schools taught practical things such as financial education, problem-solving skills and emotional intelligence (I have to admit he is a bit too focused for his age. I was definitely not thinking about this when I was in form 2!).
Luckily, there are ways to supplement children’s studies with content that is focused on developing them wholesomely.
By now you know that most of my free time is spent babysitting my nephew and that simply means watching Akili Kids! and lots of it! From lessons on saving tips and environmental conservation on Ubongo Kids, Gender equality on My Better World and Sci Girls, managing emotions and conflict resolution with Esme and Roy , community building with Rastamouse and problem solving on ABC Mouse Search and Explore! I am still in awe of how much I continue to learn from this channel!
If only Eric grew up having such content to supplement his studies, then maybe he would not be in such a situation. (Sigh) I’ m curious to know, what’s that one topic you studied in high school and are yet to apply anywhere?