Charity, they say begins at home, but it is also an agreeable fact that schools, especially the elementary schools, play a vital role in shaping a child’s future.
For a typical African school system, the non-academic interaction with a child is not given prior importance. While Conant (former president, Harvard University), rightly said “It would not be too much to say that in the success or failure of our guidance programme, hangs in all probability, the success or failure of our education system.” That is why Guidance and Counselling should not be underestimated.
So, What is Guidance and Counselling?
The authors of The Guidance Manual for teachers (Hamrin and Erickson) defined guidance as “that aspect of educational programme which is concerned especially with helping the pupil to become adjusted with his present situation and to plan his future in line with his interests, abilities and social needs.”
Counselling on the other hand, as defined by the (NHS England) is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems in a confidential and dependable environment.
With the hustle and bustle of the modern times, the challenges children face from home and their other immediate environments is on the rise. Parents are too indulged in their careers, and those who are not are constantly on social media. Teachers are not passionate about their profession, most of them underestimate the impact of their roles if played at all.
According to psychological studies, Lack of sufficient Guidance and counselling in the life of a child may lead to:
behavioural problems, addiction, substance abuse and inferiority complex which may eventually lead to anger management problems, rebellion and terrorism, suicide and a lot more. Moreso, a lot of those who eventually make it well past the educational system end up in professions they are extremely unhappy with.
It would not be too much to say the above stated problems are of the greatest problems our country is facing currently – the lack of productivity from our most energetic population, i.e the youth. A successful Guidance and Counselling system, if properly implemented, should be able to achieve the following:
- Meet emotional needs
- Help in improving poor academic behaviour
- Help in efficient identification of talents and skills
- Communicate any slight changes in children to parents and how to handle such situations
- Effective counselling on the dangers of substance abuse and how to repel bad influences
- Career guidance
- Entrepreneurship training
- Study skills and habits and more.
From the above we may deduce that, a properly implemented Guidance and Counselling system is an urgent need in our school systems. Engage your child today, engage yourself in happiness tomorrow.
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