Silent Resistance: High School Dropouts among Igbo-Nigerian Children Amauchechukwu Anselm Nzekwe Author
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Dr. Nzekwe has written an insightful and thought - provoking study on the state of education in Nigeria both before and after their independence in 1960, with a special emphasis on the factors that have contributed to the significant high school dropout rates among young Nigerian Igbo males since the mid 1980s. This study is made all the more credible by the fact that Dr. Nzekwe is a product of the very educational system he writes about. What is especially interesting is the oral testimony of both the young and old in Igbo society, along with the facts and figures in support of their claims. In his conclusion, Dr. Nzekwe is right on target when he states, curriculum should be relevant to global needs such as the inclusion of more science and technology in the basic curriculum, but not at the expense of a holistic view of the needs of the society in question. Schooling is designed to produce literacy in all fields of life, but especially literacy in one's culture. I can only hope and pray, as we all should, that the solutions Dr. Nzekwe envisions will be implemented as soon as possible. - Beverly Battista - Cleveland, OH A remarkable historical account and insight into the issues and challenges facing our educational system. Successive governments have failed our people and for the Igbos, this is a wake up call to go back to basics that will enable both economic and cultural renewal. To illustrate the challenge facing us, how many Igbos can read and write the Igbo language? - Chuka Jo Agbasiere, London Awesome! A book for parents, educators and people of all ages and genders across cultures - Sr. Nkeiru Nzekwe - IMT, Enugu


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