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Monday, 19 September 2011

EDUCATION, SKILL AND EXPERIENCE, THE MISSING LINK IN CONTEMPORARY TRAINING


EDUCATION, SKILL AND EXPERIENCE: Today, these words seem similar in practice. How about Sex Education, Sex Skill and Sex Experience; Which of these would you wish your little one benefited from? Clearly it becomes evident that each of these words represents a specific purpose in the progress of every individual hence a significant difference in their meanings.
 Most often we tend to associate Education, Skill and Experience with one meaning. This is what has created a huge deficit in the quality of our human resource today. On one end you find a lot of starters with so much capability and yet lack the ability and on the other hand you find another group with so much ability but also lacking the capability.
Education has been described as the means of acquiring knowledge in any field. It could be formal or non-formal, whichever way its baseline represents the transfer of knowledge. The bible makes mention of knowledge being a key factor in survival and also reiterate its essence by describing it as the source of stability in our times. Over the years it has proven itself a worthy partner in championing various courses and also numerous discoveries but it does not end there.
Skill on the other hand has been the cornerstone rejected by most contemporary builders. It is defined as the continuous application of knowledge. Most curricula today focus on “What was” and “What is” Forgetting that, perhaps the most important questions of our time might have to involve a combination of How, Where, Who, What, Which and When?    
Experience is the continuous application of a skill to obtain precision, perfection and accuracy. How often do people reach this stage in their careers? Money and Time is always spent on upgrading our educational status at our various workplaces and yet little is done to upgrade our knowledge into useful skills. How often do our MBA Thesis affect our Career Development, the emphasis rather seems to be on the promotion it presents as well as the benefits it comes with.
Is it not a fallacy that, in these times where the world is filled with Academic Laureates like never before:
·         We lose 116 square miles of rainforest or about an acre every second.
·         We also lose another 72 square miles to encroaching deserts, as a result of human mismanagement and overpopulation.
·         Even as you read this, we will add 2,700 tons of chlorofluorocarbons to the atmosphere and 15 million tons of carbon.
·         We experience a recession and a financial meltdown even in the midst of so many Economist and Administrators.
In Ghana alone over 100,000 graduates are produced annually in various disciplines. Yet, the problem still remains; Global Warming at its peak, Hunger and Drought at its best, Wars and Terrorism at its highest peril. Education can never answer all our questions neither can it solve all our problems. As said by Wiesel, "It emphasises theories instead of values, concepts rather than human beings, abstraction rather than consciousness, answers instead of questions, ideology and efficiency rather than conscience." To fully harness the potentials of our greatest asset which is the HUMAN RESOURCE, we must create a clear cut between what Education, Skill and Experience represent at each stage in the life of every human being and apply it accordingly. Education in all spheres must precede a skill and constant practice of the skill will produce experience. If education teaches you that Over-Spending creates scarcity, your constant practice of Effective Money Management then becomes a skill, regular practise of the acquired skill would make you an expert in Economics.

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