Education, and Strategies to Build nations

Mishal Ibrahim Mahmoud

- Master of Human Development and Education, Modern Istanbul University.

- Master of Educational Institutions Management, Modern Istanbul University.

One of the basic concepts that has been agreed upon globally; is the link between achieving comprehensive development and owning strategic power in scientific production and education.

The concept of “Education and scientific production strategy” is a structured process through which needed human resources are provided, whether quantitatively, qualitatively, on time, or in place, according to the required needs to achieve national interests, through creating mental and moral development for individuals. Including provisioning world-class trained personnel, academically, technically and technology-wise. And shaping national and professional behavior, promoting belonging and building good personal behavior; characterized by the good values of honesty, commitment, mastery of work, respect for the value of time. And the establishment of a partnership between educational and training institutions and government institutions, to encourage knowledge sharing.

We can’t dream, or we shouldn’t dream of achieving the desired future, if we don’t care enough about the Education Strategy.

The overall education strategy is characterized by a shift towards initiatives in the provisioning of resources required, and not putting effort on converting the existing resources to suit the strategy.

From time to time, fundamental questions and discussions appear, regarding educational systems, for example: What are the most successful Educational strategies? How do we develop educational systems capable of meeting future changes? What is the Budget Spending on education and that supporting it? The role of future scientific research to meet the challenges of future careers? And many other questions of growing importance.

The issue of education is at heart of society, and by optimizing education, we can increase the efficiency of available resources and achieve the best possible results.  That is why, we find all countries have a growing interest with the issue of education, and are in an ongoing race for the development of the best educational systems and tools that meet the aspirations and objectives of the times.

We will continue to aspire, to achieve the best, and achieve more compared to the effort and spending available, putting in consideration the nature of Sudanese society’s challenges and problems. These challenges require agile responses to facilitate more than mere degree holders, but a well-educated and distinguished generation, a generation combining awareness, faith and confidence in its culture, and history, with an awareness of modern science and its applications and tools, and a clear, unambiguous vision of future objectives, to shorten the distance to get there.

The nature of our times and the needs of the labour market pose great challenges upon us, requiring a review of the educational product, merciful self-criticism, and knowledge of the actual need through rigorous and documented scientific studies.

It is therefore important to develop the methods and techniques of education in Sudan, in accordance with the needs of our times, as well as, developing the professional qualification of the teacher on an ongoing basis. All this in a framework of integrating the educational institutions among themselves, in one hand, and among the rest of the nation’s institutions on the other, to create better integrated roles, rather than a silo format of functioning.

Some strategies that will contribute to raising the value of education returns are:

  1. Focus on future planning and educational vision, to keep pace with the quality of education, international transformations, and global development.
  2. Finding non-traditional solutions to educational problems (material problems, technical and applied problems) helping in scientific progress and development.
  3. To stimulate economic, social and political mobility in Sudan, which in turn will lead to scientific and educational mobility.
  4. Incubation of high-quality competencies and scientific research and partnerships between the countries of the world.
  5. Follow-up on the progress of educational and cultural agreements between countries as well as the recommendations of special educational conferences (e.g., National Conference on Education in Sudan).
  6. Improving the preparation of curricula and including concepts that support Islamic ties and relationships and concepts of the unity of the nation.
  7. Taking advantage of successful experiences related to the economics of education in countries with similar circumstances.
  8. Taking interest in the establishment of multi-purpose scientific cities with integrated roles that serve the Islamic nation (for example, Ahmed Zweil Scientific City)

Summary:

In my experience in the field of education, I believe that there is a gap between university education and pre-education (general), making it very difficult for students to continue their university studies seamlessly, this requires more effort, as excellence in high school can alleviate the burdens to qualify the students for university studies.

On the other hand, these challenges will not be overcome without community partnership, starting with planning, all through the implementation stages and getting the feedback.  Development plans cannot be made in

the educational field, in the absence of an important party that is affected and effects at all stages; which is the family, and this partnership is the guarantee of the success of modernization plans in the field of education.

The efficiency of educational institutions, curriculum development, and the provision of a stimulating environment that is in line with the needs of society, and the preparation of a generation of graduates prepared for the knowledge economy, has become a pressing necessity, that can’t be delayed, in an age when the quality of education sets the standard for the progress of nations.

Educational institutions (Universities in particular) must also prepare their students for traditional professions, besides future careers, also the university should establish for scientific research that would benefit their communities, starting with the challenge of writing research in the language that the target benefiting group will understand.

References:

  1. Ragheb Al-Sarjani – Science and Nation Building – Iqraa Foundation for Publishing Distribution and Translation – 10th Edition- 2007.
  2. Mohammed Hussein Abu Saleh – National Strategic Planning – Zaytouna Printing -10th Edition-2014.
  3. Mohammed Abdulghani Hassan Hilal – Thinking Skills and Strategic Planning – Center for Performance Developing and Development- Cairo-2006.
  4. D/ Gustave Lebon – Psychological laws of Development of Nations – Hindawi Foundation for Education and Culture -1st Edition- 2014.
  5. Fadi Radwan – Education Development Series (Management aimed at ethical goals in education) – Jerusalem House of Sciences – 1st edition- 2010.
  6. National Conference for Education in Sudan – Recommendations of the Conference – Khartoum February 2012.
  7. Scientific websites in the Internet.

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