The relationship between values and education: A philosophical analysis of contemporary Nigerian reality

Anthony Afe Asekhauno1, Joseph Oke Omoro2
1University of Benin, Department of Philosophy, Nigeria 2Federal University Otuoke, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Nigeria

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ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:5. 9. 2014
Accepted: 1. 10. 2014
Published online: 26. 6. 2015


Human beings develop values; values are taught and learned; values and education are intricately related. Since every society desires order, and thus evolves a system of principles that could bring about the realization of such values, such societies, therefore, must develop a scheme to educate its citizens regarding its core values: that there are certain deeds which should never be done, certain freedoms which should never be invaded, and some things which are supremely sacred. This is the basis of education in the transmission of societal values. This article adumbrated that values are the basic elements and foundation for morality. Therefore, the relationship between values and education is that the latter is the only channel for the realization of the former. Consequently, this article examines this relationship (based on Nigerian experience) and posited that for contemporary African nations to succeed in transmitting, especially its core values to its citizens, they must establish effective learning measures and environments. What this means is that such a process should essentially begin with the society itself realizing this need.

Keywords: value; morality; education; learning


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