This doesn’t sound funny or cool when it happens to be my dreaded subject but well, the professors knows best.
A professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Ilorin, Professor Raphael Abiodun Olawepo, has proposed compulsion of geography study at the secondary school level, to facilitate development in the rural areas, and sustain good environment in both rural and urban areas as reported by spyghana
He said this during the 157th inaugural lecture of the institution at the university auditorium in Ilorin.
In his lecture, titled: ‘Leaving From the People: A Geographer’s Mandate for Sustainable Rural Development’, Olawepo proposed that geography as a subject should not be made optional, in so that people can get conversant with their immediate environment early enough.
“To enforce sustainability of our environment, both rural and urban should not be made optional or replaced with social studies in the development of the new school curriculum. This will enable us all to appreciate our environment early in life, and to allow for proper sustainable deployment.
“Through the study of geography, we know more about our environment, its constituents and how to manage if to effect sustainability.” He observed that the contributions of geographers to national planning cannot be over emphasized.
The professor of geography further explained that the knowledge of the people’s immediate environment will also improve on their overall quality of lives, while calling for an improved quality and improved accessibility to public goods and services.
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