Holidays: Time To Engage The Youth


A holiday is a day set aside by custom or law on which it is normal to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. There are Christian and academic holidays with traditional ones. It is observed in many schools and tertiary institutions to grant rest or relaxation to students or pupils.
Many holidays today are commercialised that others can no longer benefit from it. Cultural holidays are periods of special celebration according to traditions. Our cultural trips are pure, simple-adventures to explore some of the most iconic lands and civilization on earth. These are periods for learners to learn more and convert it to greater benefits as future leaders.
Our pupils and students are living in different settings. These places can aid to mould the lives of our scholars. As teenagers are exhibiting varying habits, it can be curtailed by parents, elders and other useful leaders around during the holiday period. These will lead them to a height worthy of emulation.
This holiday is the longest in any academic session or semester which precedes the resumption for the first term for students or scholars to be in a new class. Such long vocation having to do with holiday culture has many importance. It is used as a period of sober reflection for the youths to examine their conscience and improve on their deficiencies before resumption for academic work. The holiday culture aids the scholars to learn from each other. Such actions and reactions of students with others from different cultural setting will streamline them as good future leaders.
Education is the training of the mental faculty to exhibit good habits. It calls for more warnings, caution, discipline and tolerance which improve on their areas of leadership at the state and national level. There are four leadership styles that will be explained in relation to the job performance of students and teachers during the holiday periods. These leadership styles include the following: (A) autocratic leadership style. (B) Democratic style (C) Laissez-faire (D) Transformational style.
Teenagers should be given freedom to interact with others and acquire the best style of leadership that will prosper Nigerians. Autocratic leadership style is getting others to do the work by the use of force. In the school system where the leaders are autocratic, teachers may be unwilling to do their work in the absence of their leaders. The democratic leadership style is task-oriented, person-oriented, participative and non-directive. It encourages self-expressions, creativity and group interaction.
A democratic leader is one that persuades, considers feelings and encourages participation in decision-making. It involves every member of staff in group activities and in the determination of group objectives.
Laissez-faire leadership style is another form of leadership known as idiographic leadership style. There is no regulation, no hierarchy of authority hence it becomes difficult to determine if someone is wrong or right.
Again, the transformational leadership style is the change agent. The leaders raise the level of awareness, consciousness and significance and value of designated outcomes of reaching them. The administrator with the later style is regarded as a task-oriented leader as he uses autocratic style while the former administrator is a relationship-oriented leader as he uses transformational or democratic style to lead his subordinates.
The foundation of every state is the youth. Therefore, leaders are called upon to refine students during the holidays in order to get the best out of them. Counseling and guidance are the tools to achieve this.
Anor is a social critic based in Port Harcourt.


Christian Anor