Mrs. Noah Rebecca – Home Economics Teacher.
Home Economics aims at building healthy families and improving the quality of life for families even with scarce means
Home Economics is a field of study that deals with the relationship between individuals, families, communities, and the environment in which they live. Home economics is a life-long subject because it includes nutrition, clothing, entrepreneurship and child care; and since most people are likely to have and build families of their own in the future, the knowledge of Home- Economics is certainly invaluable.
Home Economics aims at building healthy families and improving the quality of life for families even with scarce means. The family is the unit of society which shapes a person’s personality. Therefore family care is essential as healthy individuals make healthy families, and thus a healthy society.
The subject teaches students practical skills for daily living. In the process of transition from childhood to adulthood, students need training in practices such as nutrition, financial responsibility, home management, child development and sex education, all of which their parents may be too busy to teach them.
Home Economics impacts on teenagers good nutrition and cooking skill. Many young people prefer eating junk foods because they may have no idea about proper nutrition. A Home Economics class can teach anyone – male or female, to make healthy and nutritious meals even in a country like Nigeria where there is preference for fast and overly processed foods.
Modern Home Economics classes enlighten students about sewing in a more extended way because they learn not only basic sewing skills, but also how to make curtains and other house-hold items. They learn about different textiles, their qualities, care and purposes; proper laundry to extend the life of the clothing.
These skills taught in Home-Economics are not only useful at home, but students can decide to make a career out of any of the branches of Home Economics such as textiles, catering, fashion design, interior decoration and so on. This is quite important especially with the emphasis on entrepreneurship education nowadays.