Book Title: BLEEDING SCARS
Author: Elizabeth Ngozi
Genre: Prose, Fiction
Page Number: 148
Book Reviewer: IFEANYI ENOCH ONUOHA
The novel ‘Bleeding Scars‘ by Elizabeth Ngozi is a beautifully knitted story that is enthralling and inspiring. In this book, the author brought life to fiction. This creative masterpiece is a lovely read!
The plot is centered around marriage and family life. This book champions the cause for societal transformation via marriage stability and healthy parenting. Divorce is a cancer weathering the foundation of many marriages today and in this book, you will see how it destroyed the marriage between Ifenna and Ifeoma. This book, will educate you to be wise and careful of third parties who have no intention for your marriage success.
This novel is more than a book, it’s a tool for marriage and family transformation; I am sure some people have similar experience like Jasmine, the major character and her brothers had in this book because many challenges are militating against the peace of many homes in our society.
Elizabeth Ngozi (Lizzy) was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. She obtained a degree in History and International Studies from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. Bleeding Scars is her debut novel.
Bleeding Scars is truly a great novel with good plot and the writer knows how to weave words and elicit emotions. I read the book from beginning to end without stopping till I finished; easy to read and lovely.
I endorse and recommend this novel to everyone in our society for if the family is saved, the nation is safe. I give high five to the author for penning this good work. Enjoy it and be your best.
© Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha,
At Hinovelty: a Life-betterment organization focused on helping individuals and organizations make better life, living and legacy, we celebrate creativity and give it a voice in order to impact humanity positively.
The Role of Globalized Education in Achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda by Emenike, Ogwo David
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have unquestionably been highly successful in bolstering governments’ commitment to poverty reduction, achieving basic education and health, promoting gender equality and environmental sustainability, and bridging the gaps in human development. In spite of these progresses, globalized education is still a requisite and the primary tool in achieving the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda – the continuation of effort to achieve prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity, peace and respect in a world of cultural and linguistic diversity after 2015.
The complexity of today’s globalized world has made development challenges interlinked. Peace cannot be achieved and prosperity cannot be sustained without finding unified, common and general solutions and without all nations contributing unanimously and with a sense of shared responsibility. The Millennium Development Goals which will be succeeded by the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the end of 2015 (United Nation’s 70th Anniversary) have framed sustainable development as a universal project. The post-2015 development agenda include issues that are of common concern to all and pose challenges at national levels. Moreover, they define objectives to be achieved at the global level.
Before we delve deeper into the role of globalized education in achieving the post-2015 agenda, it will be apposite to have a proper understanding of the concepts that underpin the subject. Suffice it to say that education is both essential and indispensable for sustainable development. Globalized education fuels sustainable development as nations seek to transform their visions for the world into reality.
“Globalization,” as observed by Chang, “is the integration of national economies, culture, social life, technology, education and politics. It is the movement of people, ideas and technology from place to place.” Globalization affects all facets of life universally, scientifically, and technologically. Its effects are felt in world’s culture, economy, environmental, social and human disciplines. In its broadest sense, globalization refers to intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa.
Education has been recognized as a fundamental human right for more than half a century now. It is the endless process of bringing up people to know themselves, their environment, and how they can use their abilities and talents to contribute in the development of their society. Education improves the mind of the student for ethical conduct, good governance, liberty, life and rebirth of the society the student finds himself. Education, as an agent of change, empowers its recipient to be creative. It is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training and research. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.
Converse to the traditional way of teaching and learning, globalized education means adopting a universal, scientific, technological and a more holistic approach to education with the aim of preparing and equipping our young ones appropriately for sustainable development, and creating a peaceful and better world for this generation and posterity. Globalized education allows every child to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to shape a sustainable future. It is, however, not culturally, religiously or geographically myopic. It is not racial or given to prejudice. In globalized education, schools do not function in isolation; they integrate with the world outside and expose students to different people and cultures, giving them the opportunity to appreciate cultural differences and what the planet offers, while respecting the need to preserve their culture and the natural and human resources that abound.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda refers to a process led by the United Nations (UN) that aims to help define the future development framework that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals. The recent UN development agenda is centered on the Millennium Development Goals that were officially established following the Millennium summit of the UN in 2000.
At this point, we can now advance our knowledge on the role of a sound and universal education in achieving this post-2015 development agenda which is expected to tackle and find suitable solutions to many issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and the education system, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.
As the world stands at an historical juncture, it calls for a truly transformational and universal education system that integrates the three dimensions of sustainability (economic, social and environmental) in all activities, addresses inequalities in all areas, respect and advance human rights, fosters love and peace, and that is based on credible, equitable and sustainable system and safe environment for learning.
There are, of course, many different ways in which globalized education can be beneficial and advance the future sustainable development goals. Sound, universal and quality education is not only a top priority but also a cross-cutting matter which is indicated and reflected under three other pivotal goals related to health, economic growth and climate change.
A good global education is the step – the first step in ensuring that these development goals are achieved. Education marked by excellence and a conducive and habitable environment are two hallmarks of our world today. What we are taught, what we learn and how we treat our environment are connected to so many other possibilities in achieving a peaceful society where poverty has no place.
The bedrock of sustainable development of every society is the education of its young ones. According to a report by experts, 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. By this, if we must realize our goals and raise a selfless generation that will continue from where we will stop in making the world more peaceful, we must start very early to educate them. The great aim of globalized education is to harness the student’s abilities, powers, capabilities and talents, and rightly molding the student into shape for helping and serving the community which he is a part.
Global education has a felt influence on environmental sustainability. Successful implementation and actual use of new, affordable technologies for sanitation in Africa came with education. Another evident example of how globalized education is helping to achieve environmental sustainability is from a reported Eco-school in the United Arab Emirates which was awarded Green Flag, a symbol of excellence in environmental performance. The students put forward important environmental friendly approaches and messages within and beyond their school community. This innovative thinking to make good use of available natural resources, neither exploiting nor abusing them, came about as a result of a sound learning process that changed their behavior and gave room for them to adopt sustainable lifestyles.
“If we look to the future, when we talk about outsourcing jobs, when we talk about global competitiveness and our efficiency, none of that matters very much unless we have appropriate training and education for our young people today who are the workforce of tomorrow. It is an economic reality, and we are failing,” observed Bill Frist. The problem of unemployment does not wholly emanate from the government. Part of it rests on the individual. Why do we go to school? To learn, yes! But far from this narrow-minded purpose is the need to acquire knowledge, a skill, and a know-how that can be applied to earn a living and live a sustainable lifestyle which has positive impact on the society. Though all educated persons are not rich, but each possesses a knowledge that can get him a job, or which he can use to create one.
Hence, sound and excellent education with globalization as the driving wheel is a fundamental solution to poverty. This light of truth has been shed on many countries including The Bahamas. Perry Christie wrote, “The Bahamas seeks to lead the way by its investment in education, in social programmes, for the poor, disadvantaged, disabled and depressed. The largest budget item in The Bahamas is that segment dedicated to education. We will continue to invest in education because we know that the way to eliminate poverty is through the education of our citizens, and the development of the human persons.”
Moreover, there have been significant contributions of globalized education on the health sector. However, time and space will not permit us to have a detailed look at the impacts. Permit me to cite a report which states that “education of large numbers of community-based health workers reduced deaths from malaria by 66 percent in Zambia in six years.” With the right education in health technologies, medicine and other medically inclined fields and sciences, life expectancy will improve evenly and no country will be left behind.
Realizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda requires all hands to be on deck. The government alone cannot carry it. A fresh global partnership is to be forged. A new spirit of mutual accountability and cooperation must underpin the Post-2015 agenda so as to ensure uniform distribution of high quality educational materials to the poorest and least developed countries of the world. As we all know, access to computers and the internet and good conducive environment have become basic needs for education in our modern societies. This new alliance to finance and provide education to reach every child, even the ones in the streets, should be strictly based on a common understanding of our shared humanity, based on mutual respect and benefit. It should put people at the center including those affected by poverty and exclusion, women, youth, the aged, disabled persons, and indigenous people. Civil society organizations, local and national governments, multilateral institutions, the scientific and academic community, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and private philanthropy should come together and ensure that no one is left behind in getting globalized education for sustainable development. We must endeavor to see to it that every child, every individual, color or race notwithstanding gets the opportunity to receive a cost effective, high quality education, starting from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond. A popular Nigerian proverb says, “The upbringing of a child is not the sole responsibility of an individual but a communal responsibility.” Therefore, let us all answer the call and take up the rewarding task of ensuring a quality and universal education for all.
The role of globalized education in realizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda is to help people acquire and develop the knowledge, attitude, skills and values to make informed decisions for the good and well-being of themselves and others, now and for the future, and to act upon those decisions to bring about sustainable development and shape a sustainable future.
Globalized education should educate us out of selfishness and drive us into selflessness which links us with all humanity regardless of geographic boundaries, religious, racial and cultural differences. It is an approach to teaching and learning beyond the traditional model of “book teacher” based on the UN’s ideals and principles that underlie sustainability – human rights, poverty reduction, peaceful environmental protection, health, sustainable livelihood, biological and landscape diversity, climate change, gender equality, and protection of indigenous cultures.
Without mincing words, we can aver that globalized education can help achieving the Post-2015 development goals. For our assertion to stand and remain factual we must consider the interrelations that exist between education and development as they share a symbiotic relationship. Governments, institutions, organizations and individuals must recognize the full potential of education as a requisite and catalyst for sustainable development, and act as such.
Conclusively, globalized education is a multi-dimensional process that ultimately transforms our people, our economy, and our dear planet. Truly, globalized education empowers people, transforms lives, and shapes the system that drives the progress of sustainability. It is the foundation and the only means for achieving peace in our societies. It fosters economic growth thereby reducing poverty. It is growth and life, and a means to achieving the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Ogwo David Emenike is an illustrious Nigerian, a poet and young African visionary leader making a positive difference in the society. He champions causes for education, nation building, youth empowerment and sustainably development. He is a poet, Consultant at Chartered Institute
of Management Accountants (CIMA), Nigeria and published author. He represented Nigeria in the 2013 International Leadership Blogathon, speaks in seminars and participates in life-betterment projects.
Music is life and life is music. – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha,
Music is as old as man here on earth. Music is a very powerful medium of communication and influence. Music and society are related.
Music creates and reflects conditions of the people and era. The therapeutic, psychological and economic power of music cannotbe overemphasized.
African is a great continent characterized by rich music heritage.
The African Music Museum & Hall of Fame is a great and timely project will help restore peace and unite Africa and the entire world.
These center will serve great purposes like a hub for the learning of African music culture and heritage, a place relaxation, a tourist attraction and it will also create employment.
This project is one of its kind. It’s laudable and need the support of all and sundry.
The pioneer of this beautiful project is Noni Camagwini Ntaka. She’s the daughter of a renown South African Jazz artist. She has given her best – time and resources for this project to be a success and we call on South African government, other African countries, the international communities and lovers of music to support this cause.
The African Music Museum & Hall of Fame is creating a new paradigm for the world to cherish Africa music, its history and the gifted people who made it happen.
This monument will be an institution where stuff about African Music and Musicians will be permanently housed and treasured.
This project will inspire and engage generations to appreciate and connect with works of past music maestros and challenge them to birth theirs. It will be a place for musical performance, study, exhibition, et cetera.
It will promote, preserve and perpetuate African music via celebrations of significant artists and arts
This project will enrich the rich African cultural heritage.
Notice: Hinovelty is a Life-betterment organization and this piece was written in honor of The African Music Museum & Hall of Fame.
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Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha is a life-betterment coach, passionate writer, internationally recognized book reviewer and voice of transformation who uses his sagacity in helping individuals and organization make better life, living and legacy.
IN THE BEGINNING! Wisdom for Overcoming Career Fear and Uncertainty to Transform Your Life Forever by Sam Semako
Book Title: IN THE BEGINNING! Wisdom for Overcoming Career Fear and Uncertainty to Transform Your Life Forever
Author: Sam Semako
Book Format: eBook
Genre: Career Development & Self-help
Book Reviewer: Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
IN THE BEGINNING! WISDOM FOR OVERCOMING CAREER FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE FOREVER by Sam Semako is a clarion call for you to break the chains of your golden handcuffs – comfort zone, challenges, limitations or beliefs which limits you from being your best.
This book is enemical to mediocrity. It will stretch, challenge, motivate, encourage and direct you to arise and make your life come alive.
Note: This book is free and available for download here http://t.co/lE3bh77WAo
Samuel Sameko Jinadu is the is a man passionate about fulfilling purpose and helping people live up to their full potential. He is the lead consultant at Career-Wise Consults.
The book reaffirms what I always tell people: The truth may make you bitter, but it must make you better.’ This small but, mighty book is loaded with timeless truths that will get you fired up to make a better life, living and legacy.
I love this book, I commend the author and recommend it for you!
– Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha is a leader at Hinovelty, Human Capacity Developer, Writer, Award-Winning Author and internationally recognized book reviewer
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