Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nigeria to Undergo Technological Developments in Education says ARTE

Technology has made such an indelible mark in this digital age that developing nations like Nigeria will also start implementing new and polished gadgets in their education system to make it better and stronger.

Sailor hands out school books to children in N...

Sailor hands out school books to children in Nigeria. (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

It was the Africa Resources and Technology for Education (ARTE) show where a wide range of modernised education tools was exhibited. The show was held recently in Lagos that displayed vocational class equipments, multilingual books, interactive boards, digital campus companions, laptops, remote controls for analysing students’ performances and CDs comprising past questions with answers applicable for several examinations.

Worldview International, the show organisers, said that the sole objective behind this grand initiative was to merge the local and the international education suppliers for showcasing the modern resources, software and technology that can play key roles in teaching thereby giving rise to a high scoring education system.

The marketing manager of Worldview International, Charlotte Mayanja said that the combination of educational suppliers and industrial experts would positively result in the development of Nigeria’s education system, whether it happens through any software application, technology or any kind of resource.

O’Hara Nigeria Limited is one of the stakeholders who after collaborating with LABTECH International demonstrated the technology for both vocational and technical education for Nigeria at the ARTE show.

According to the managing director of O’Hara Nigeria Limited, Dominic Uvieghara, the gathering was intended to find new ways to enhance the education system in Nigeria through the provision of technology. He further said that there were teachers, administrators and pupils present there who would contribute together to give Nigeria’s education system a big boost.

The General Manager for International Sales and Marketing, LABTECH International, Mr. Andrew Thompson said in the ARTE lecture that that the biggest problem was that there were staff of the 20th century teaching students of the 21st century in classroom of the 19th century which was altogether a total disconnection. Taking this aspect into consideration, he further said that technology must be integrated into the classrooms that can keep the students engaged in their lessons and help the teachers adopt new and effective teaching ways.

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Mr. Thompson said that the three most necessary things that are required to teach while using technology are Infrastructure, Infostructure and Infoculture. Once these things are implemented in the classrooms, the quality of education will keep getting enhanced with time.

Out of those necessary requirements, Infrastructure is the most effective one that will set the educational standard in the classrooms. In fact, establishing it will be easy with the inclusion of computers, cameras and projectors. So, once the infrastructure is set, almost every classroom in Nigeria will take no time to allure students from far and wide.

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Education in Africa for Girls to get Better and Safer in the Coming Years

Improvements in the education system in Africa have started rising since the past decade. In fact, the steps towards bringing developments in the African education scenario are being taken with such effectiveness that the girls who have been hiding behind the scenes for years will get immense academic exposure over time.

English: A young girl of the Bozo people along...

English: A young girl of the Bozo people along Niger river in Bamako, Mali, August 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been found that girls who work and receive education in the developing African nations give almost ninety percent of their salaries to their families in contrast to forty percent of the men. This has raised awareness among the majority of African educational authorities to enhance the educational standards for girls in Africa who can then support their families with ease.

Aid for Africa Fund

According to Aid for Africa who has been truly committed towards enhancing education in Africa for girls, a special fund will be provided through which girls will be getting educational stipends and scholarships. The objective of this fund would be to give considerable support to the educational standards. Moreover, the initiative to offer this educational support on behalf of Aid for Africa have been realised only after discovering the benefits of attending schools especially for girls.

What the World Bank opines?

The World Bank has even agreed that the interrelationship between economic growth, gender inequalities and poverty has emerged to be the key factors behind making smart investments for girl child education in Africa. The EAG in this respect has also expressed confidence that if there is any quality investment to be made in education, it must go towards bettering the educational scenario in Africa.

UNICEF creates awareness

According to UNICEF, lack of education can really be life threatening especially for girls living in countries prone to epidemic diseases. Surveys say that about 40 percent of the uneducated girls in Africa have no knowledge at all about AIDS. Only 8% of the women who have completed their post-primary schooling sessions have been found to acquire a little knowledge in this context. This has almost fuelled the necessity of providing quality education to almost every girl and woman in Africa.

Kwagala Project at work

The Kwagala Project too has made considerable contributions bringing positive results to African education. The exponents of the project have realised that it is education which is the key solution to eradicate unpleasant circumstances like poverty and exploitation that is consequently giving rise to trafficking in exchange for goods. Therefore, their sole objective now is to initiate counselling and find out whether the helpless girls in Africa could be given educational opportunities to come out of hopeless situations so that they can remain safer and lead peaceful lives.

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