What you see before you is the very first issue of a brand new online magazine for schools, educational agencies, parents, teachers and students. (Not really first in the real sense, we had test run some articles.)
It is with great pleasure that I write this lead-off editorial in The Arena Weekly (TAW), a publication of www.myschoolarena.com, for everyone interested in the world of schools and allied matters. TAW provides the opportunity to offer a panoramic view of the trends, perspectives, innovative projects and creative ideas that are emerging from schools and the educational sector around Nigeria.
We encourage our government to be committed to improving the services of this laudable sector (yet the most ignored when it comes to funding), as a cornerstone of the effort to build true knowledge societies.
TAW is dedicated to ensuring that schools and their offerings will be as accessible as possible, that bureaucracy and territorial thinking will not strangle the flow of information to an inquisitive citizenry.
We understand that education is a powerful symbol of open fora, of free and equal access to information, knowledge and experience in other words a prerequisite of true democracy and development. For it to be achievable, it has to be intentional as well.
Those of us for whom education represent both a career and a daily source of inspiration have a great responsibility to translate the political goal of a school system that provides people with exactly what they need no matter where they are in life into a living, breathing reality.
This first issue of the magazine examines the concept of lifelong learning. More and more people of all ages are studying online what new demands are being placed on our education system as a result. The particular areas of focus are digital services and systems, emerging trends in crèche, primary and secondary schools. What the stakeholders desire, their needs and challenges. How can they keep up with the 21st century teaching methods? Are these emerging methods worthwhile? Do we need to continue with our traditional teaching methods? What are the needs of parents from their children’s school? How can the government help schools to provide quality education? How can government help special needs schools? The list goes on.
We welcome contributions with open arms, convinced that all hands on deck, we can grow and develop by helping each other not by identifying the lowest common denominator but by proceeding from a common structure to cultivate excellence in individual areas of specialty.
Consider the school libraries, the potential that they represent for modernisation and improvement. What is the best way for public and school libraries to collaborate? TAW looks forward to bringing back the culture of reading either in the digital arena or hard core reading.
In an age when citizens have a growing need to acquire new and advanced skills throughout their lives, how can support for lifelong learning strengthen our education and their fundamental role in promoting social development? We face great challenges and many opportunities, and I look forward to a stimulating discussion in the forum that this magazine hopes to provide.