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Nigeria Grants $758m for Improvement of Women’s Education

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Today education has become mandatory for everyone irrespective of their gender or social standing. Education for women has gained much prominence and many people are working towards its development. However, we need to take more steps in order to improve women’s education in the urban areas as well as in the rural regions. Governments of different nations always ensure that the necessary support is provided to the deprived groups. Hence grants and subsidies are offered by the government for the fundamental education of women. The main objective is to provide required education to women and enable them to compete with men for the best job opportunities in various professional fields.

Governments of different countries award special grants to women as the number of female students is usually less than male students, especially in the developing nations and the third world countries. Such programmes help to increase the enrolment of girls in schools and empower them to create new social, financial and educational resources for their communities. Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria had granted N113.75 ($758 million) for the development of girl-child education programmes in the country.

Dr. Precious Gbeneol, the Senior Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has said “The MDG has initiated programmes to help Nigeria achieve Universal Basic Education with focus on the issues of quality, capacity, access and relevance,” while launching the distribution of 3 million exercise books for free to the students in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

Gbeneol further said, “The MDGs made available over N113.75 billion of debt relief to the Federal Ministry of Education from 2006 to date, to implement various programmes. The programmes include the girl child education, National Programme on Almajiri, support to the National Teachers Institute and support to UBEC for the Federal Teachers Scheme (FTS).’’

She stated that over 15,000 high impact projects were executed and N26.1 billion was effectively invested in almost 261 local government areas. These projects are concentrated in the area of water and sanitation, health, agriculture, income generation and education sectors. Around 12,342 water and sanitation projects have been successfully executed across the nation. Moreover, 5,206 health facilities have also been constructed, equipped and renovated. Gbeneol also affirmed that almost 68,430 health workers have also been trained so that they can help in providing efficient health services. In addition, financial support has also been offered to 1,704 beneficiaries for the establishment of agriculture enterprises. Apart from these, the launch of the distribution of free exercise books was a step forward towards achieving one of the most important and mandatory objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the development of universal primary education.

Dr Precious Gbeneol said, “I am convinced that the free exercise books, when distributed, will further ease the burden of the benefiting poor families. It will also stimulate the interest of the pupils themselves to embrace education and quit street life.”

She affirmed that several efforts were being made by the MDGs office to make sure that both male and female students would successfully complete a full primary education course by 2015. These efforts by the Federal Government, as well as the UBEC, would help in increasing the standard of education in Nigeria. The MDGs are committed to shattering the cycle of poverty and developing the lives of the deprived and unfortunate.

These types of grants for women’s education will not only increase the literacy rate but it will also boost the number of women in the work field. As a result, this will eventually lead to improving the nation’s economy.

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Will Mobile Learning make Big Differences in Africa’s Education System?

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The problem with the current education system today in the majority of African nations is resisting tech-based education. Cost and electricity however are the two key reasons that have been hampering the spirit of digital revolution in Africa. However, experts after realising the growing interests of studying virtually are now making positive attempts to implement digital learning devices in all those deprived classrooms.

The education we obtain is not exclusive, feels Kapenda

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One of the students, Kapenda Ndimuwanakupa, a 19-year old student who just completed his secondary education said, “We all got taught how to use computer and information networks, like Google for example, to search information that you can use for class work and doing projects.” However, he showed unwillingness towards accepting their computer education standards. Kapenda said that his school was not exceptional in offering computer education.

Although Namibia stands as one of African’s richest nations, the academic experience of Kapenda there was not something to be appreciated. One of the digital trainers, Iyke Chukwu, who works with Federal Capital Territory Secondary Education Board, said that it’s been three years that the authorities are still carrying on experiments in more than sixty secondary schools in Abuja. Moreover, what’s depressing now is that a good number of teachers here are not feeling excited to implement technology.

Cost and Electricity always matter

Chukwu said that the cost factor mattered a lot behind the resistance of digital education. Although teachers are willing to have their own laptops, some of them are just not able to do so owing to meagre salaries. Moreover, another factor that has been already mentioned earlier is electricity which is indeed stopping technology from making classrooms more modernised and updated.

So, the question is, ‘What’s next?’

Researchers have found that students in Kenya have come up with modem-like devices through which they will be accessing mobile internet services. Well, Microsoft is working on a project that would initiate the Internet service through unused television frequencies in Kenya, and this would also eliminate the dependability on electricity.

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Iyke Chukwu in regard to use of cell phones in classrooms said, “For now, use of phones in school is taboo, so once a teacher sees a student with a phone, the next thing is they are seizing the phone and they can destroy the phones.” He added in a depressing tone that cell phones can be an amazing tool for online learners and this has not yet been recognised by them.

Predictions say that smartphones will rule in future. In fact, the smartphone market in Africa has been highly predicted to double in the next 4 years. Where it’s true that smartphones are getting cheaper, the chances of adopting mobile learning are sure to go higher with time. With this initiative, onlinedistance learning in Abuja will emerge to be a grand success and students there would not be required to relocate for higher studies.

As far as Abuja’s education system is concerned, distance learning can only strengthen it thereby bringing new objectives and big expectations among students. Therefore, enrolling under the Abuja university distance learning will always be a better and wiser initiative for students who would therefore get the liberty to study as per their convenience and that too by taking help of digitally enriched tools.

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Technology: Making Learning Fun & Interesting

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Sticking to traditional methods of learning and not experimenting with different ways of attaining knowledge seems like a dull and stagnant idea. As an educator, I believe, that one can learn well only if they keep up with the times and keep their ears and eyes open at all times. Also, one must be open to new ideas and use every single resource available to them, to make their learning experience complete.

The times are changing

Sticking to ‘text book learning’ will not help us evolve. With the developments of technology, there are so many aids that are provided to us that help us learn so many new things at the click of a button. Technology does not only mean computers, there are so many applications, gadgets and devices, that we can use these days to stay updated. It is not necessary that we only abide by the books in our curriculum. For example, when you have assignments and projects to complete, I would advise you to surf the net and collect information because even library books may not have the information the internet can provide you. I believe that there is no end to learning and therefore, one must always be open to different ways of doing things.

Learning the thorough yet quick way

Say you don’t have the time to visit the library and skim through fat books because you have other classes to attend and hobbies to pursue, what will you do then? Give up your life because of an assignment? Of course not, extracurricular activities are as important as the curriculum in shaping your future. Therefore, it is time you turn to technology for help. Download e-books and study while on the go. Jot down points on your tab or smartphone when you have the time and later compile it. This way, you can collect proper and thorough information without compromising on anything.

Technology makes things interesting

Technology has made learning so much fun. You can now join study groups online and contact people from all around the world so that learning becomes interesting. Through these study groups you can discuss various topics and get new insights which might help you develop ideas in the long run. Information attained with the help of technology is interesting and engaging. Now you don’t have to go through fat and boring books to study a chapter. You can log on to the internet and watch videos related to the subject you are learning. You can also discover colourful, audio-visual treats that will help you learn faster without boring you. New technological aids help you find innovative ways of learning new things.

Missed a lecture in class? Are you afraid of lagging behind? These days you don’t need to worry about that. All you need to know is the chapter or subject discussed in the lecture. There are thousands of videos available online that will help you catch up in no time. Modern technology has been able to eliminate the fear attached to learning by making it engaging and fun. As an educator, I would suggest you to use technology more to learn not just your syllabus but things beyond it.

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Technology is Soon Going to Bring a Sea Change in Nigerian Education Sphere

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Nigeria is taking progressive measures to make quality of education better. Seeing the initiatives to implement technological measures into education it seems that soon the country will get over its weaknesses in its education sector. The countries poor line up in propagating brick and mortar education is now considered to be overcome with technologically supported measures. Online education introduced to Nigerian soil is hoped to fetch incredible outcome in educating mass people.

Initiatives Taken by Nigeria

Numerous new initiatives are being taken to promote online education to win over the country’s prolonged issue of illiteracy. Exolve Technologies have recently launched an online platform for teaching and learning to address a large online audience. With the mobility and flexibility of online education got through this sort of initiatives a greater number of people will be able to take benefits of education quite easily. Tutor.NG has come up as another online tutoring platform recently, providing resources and tools for learners to enjoy an engaging learning as well as teaching process, made to access anytime and anywhere. More specifically, Nigeria is now up to exploit every possibility to address people to get educated with its cheap and best online learning strategies. It tries to turn every environment into a prospective learning zone.

Outstanding Measures these Initiatives can Deliver

This sort of online tutoring platform is equipped with the most updated online learning tools. Among these tools virtual classrooms are appearing as the most productive outcome in attract learners’ mind. They enjoy learning distantly from international teachers and are able to interact with other physically distant learners, as well.

Employment Generation

Online learning is viewed as the trusted model for employment generation as well. Talking on the effective job-creation capacity of online learning, Co-Founder Tutor.NG, Peter Ogedengbe says, “We are extremely excited to launch this platform, online tutoring solves the problem of learning beyond the classrooms and also create employment where smart and versatile graduates can become self employed by teaching online and make a living for themselves, also with the increase in internet availability and affordable computer/mobile devices, student and teachers can now do more meaningful things with their data package.” He is quite justified in his view. With online learning mass education would be followed by huge creation of employment sectors both in teaching profession as well as technological area.

With growing measures of online education organisations will be able to save cost on technical infrastructure, and deliver lectures and training content in much cost-effective ways. This kind of online platforms will act as collaborative junctions to unite expert faculty across the globe, thus providing Nigerian students the scope to connect with world-class education with their meagre resources.

Online platforms like Tutor.NG’s employment of the latest online tools like White Board, Live Video Webinars, Real Time Virtual Classroom, Personalised Content Creation, User Management etc. With this sort of developments in Nigerian education sector the country can definitely expect a bright tomorrow not so far.

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Top Tips To Help You Publicise Your Book Launch on Social Media

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In the modern times, online marketing of books has caught up in the trend. From traditionally published author to independently self-publishing and hybrid author, online marketing of books has proved to be the best platform for every kind of author. Once authors used to sell their books by trekking from one city to another, but social media, these days, is being considered as the latest version of such old book tours. Publishers, of late, have become selective and take into consideration mostly the works from biggest authors. However, you need not worry, as you can also recreate the book tours with less money and dedication.

Prior to launching your book, you need to plan for the modern day book tour. You should build your author platform and enhance your online presence to keep people interested in your book launch.

Here are a few tools that you can use to build your book tour

  • YouTube videos
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Contents for your guest posts and blogs
  • Slideshare presentations
  • Google+ hangouts and posts
  • Tumblr
  • Mailing list
  • Podcasts

Make use of different communication channels to publicise your book launch. You can create a media blitz in different ways so that people can share them with their social networks.

Followings are some ways to make a big splash on the launch day

Work hard on social media – You can plan out many post-launch social media marketing events online. Invite some guests on Google+ Hangouts and interview them about the self-publishing process, experience while writing and self-publishing the book. Go live on some other social media as well and organise events.

Ways to do this

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  • Get in touch with people who host Twitter chats and let them know your willingness to be a guest.
  • Find out about the related Google+ Hangout shows and contact the host.
  • Make yourself available for interviews, chats, Hangouts and other online media.
  • Give a relevant and easy-to-use hashtag for your book so that you can connect your content together across Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Spend a lot of time to publicise your book.

Create your own event – Take a leaf out of Jennifer Miller’s book and create unique marketing events for your own book. Jennifer, author of The Year of the Gadfly, who is a traditionally published author, creates her own buzz for her book with social media channels.

Ways to do this

  • Come up with some unique ideas for your book and do it wholeheartedly.
  • Organise your own events by using online tools like Togather, which connects authors and readers in person as well as online.

Create a media blitz – Jay Baer, author of Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is about Help not Hype, built a pre-book launch marketing team for publicising his book. This way, you will have a whole crew of supporters cheering on your project and wanting it to be successful. You can create a book trailer, a SlideShare presentation, and about twenty five excerpts of the book that were published on some prestigious blogs. You can build a network of like-minded individuals and also create your own blog to build trust and readership of your book.

Ways to do this

  • Invest some time to build a strong, trustworthy and informative online presence.
  • Build your base audience by blogging regularly on the relevant and niche topic.
  • Socialise with authors in same genre.
  • Work hard to build your social media marketing assets before the launch of your book so you can start working immediately post-launch.

Share your adventure – There are some authors who started as an indie writer but they are counted among the hybrid authors. They have built an enviable fan base online that keep a keen eye on the progress meters of current projects with bated breath.

Ways to do this

  • Take photos and share them on different social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Build your presence on Pinterest and register your writer’s life.
  • You can share reviews and let people know about your journey as an author, post questions-answers session.
  • Enjoy being a writer, live your dream and have fun.

Create a media kit – You should build your digital assets before your book launch so that you can give interview whenever people want it. Sarah Robinson, author of Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities, did a commendable job on the website of her book and media kit of her self-published book.

  • A photo in high resolution
  • A long and short author bio
  • Links to various social media profiles
  • Book covers in high resolutions

Ways to do this

  • Create a media kit a month prior to book launch.
  • Spread the word about your book by making it easier for people to spread the information.

A book launch is a long process and you need to watch for all the developments even after your book is released. So, invest some time in social media marketing and create a fascinating presence of yours on different media channels.

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Technology Helping To Solve Education Problems In Nigeria

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The education scenario in Nigeria has suffered many blows in the past and due socio-economic and political upheaval, the educational infrastructure in Nigeria never really got the opportunity to blossom. As an educator, I have been following the education trends in various countries around the world, but the Nigerian education scenario comes across as appalling at times. However, there are technology firms, who are taking great initiatives to better the education scenario in the country.

In 2013, Intel and Airtel took initiatives to solve a few of the educational problems in Nigeria. While Intel made an effort to provide low cost and free digital learning resources, Airtel Nigeria fulfilled its pledge for the ‘Goal for Education’ campaign and donated stationary to schools in Nigeria. In my eyes these were extremely meaning steps taken tech giants to help the country upgrade the sector.

However, another serious problem that the Nigerian education system faces is the dearth of capable educators. There are too many students in schools and colleges but there are hardly any teachers to hold class. This year, Mavis Computel, a technology firm, has taken its first steps to address this very problem with digital help. The head operations and corporate strategy at Mavis Computel, Chizaram Ucheaga, says that the company will start with Nigeria before addressing other nations.

On reading this piece of information, I was extremely delighted to see how technology is slowly being able to help the Nigerian education system in various ways.

“One of the main challenges we are trying to solve is the dearth of quality teachers – first in Nigeria and other countries.” – Chizaram Ucheaga, Head of Corporate Strategy and Operations, Mavis Computel

The company has on sale a product called a Smartpen. This product has audiobooks loaded on it with the help from distributors both within the country and abroad. The demand for these books, to hit the market, has already started pouring in. Chizaram Ucheaga, Head of Corporate Strategy and Operations, Mavis Computel, says that the product will soon be available at physical retail shops through resellers, across Nigeria and will also be made available in online channels and school bookstores. He also added that the solution was also quite affordable.

 “The solution is affordable when compared with the cost and effort involved in getting a language teacher for your private tutoring. Plus, unlike the teacher, it doesn’t get tired. Additionally, people can come together in groups to buy it to reduce the cost per person. Our goal is to get the solution to as many learners as possible. One Smartpen can be loaded with many talking books and talking posters. The Smartpen is NGN29,500 (US$185) and each talking book – about 60 pages – is NGN4,800 (US$30). So the basic pack is NGN34,300 (US$215), with volume discounts available for large orders.”- Chizaram Ucheaga, Head of Corporate Strategy and Operations, Mavis Computel

This product has been tested in Nigeria and has been demonstrated in other countries, like Kenya. These talking books may just be the solution to the dearth of quality teachers in Nigeria. In my perspective, this is just a mini step taken towards addressing the problem of fewer teachers, but it is definitely a strong step.

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Why Earning Foreign Degrees Online is a Wise Strategy for Nigerian Students?

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If you ask career aspirants as what can make their CVs look good, the majority would answer ‘a foreign degree’. In fact, reports have found that the real value lies in foreign degrees rather than the nationalised ones. For instance, there are several companies in Nigeria that keep hiring and promoting people having certificates earned from overseas rather than those earned from Nigerian universities. In fact, they would be ready to take someone with a foreign bachelor’s degree instead of one with a Master degree from Nigeria. Although they admit it secretly, it’s sheer reality.

Cracking interview jobs is easy with a foreign degree

What the implication stands here is that adding a foreign degree to one’s CV is equivalent to a ticket to enter the world’s best companies. Chances for cracking job interviews will be high and employers would love offering fat pay packages. So, where the demand of earning degrees from foreign universities is on the rise, students are turning to be more concerned as how they would manage to travel abroad for earning a degree. Well, there is a convenient, affordable and legible way to do so, and it is distance learning.

No need to quit jobs, No need to travel abroad

There are many students in Nigeria who are facing problems in securing admission to Nigeria universities. Seeing this inconvenience, an initiative has been taken by the UK universities to give students the opportunity to earn their foreign degrees online. As a result, they would neither have to travel overseas nor quit their jobs. Rather, they can stay with their families and continue studying within their means.

Well, online education today has achieved global popularity. In fact, pursuing online distance learning courses under UK universities will help working professionals to:

– Meet professional and personal duties at the same time

– Remain exposed to more employment options

– Pursue higher studies and get eligible for promotion at work

Besides, distance learning courses can be helpful in a number of ways for students as well as those who are working. For instance:

  1. Earning a foreign under a UK university online will help one secure a prestigious job or admission to a Nigerian university.
  2. Students not having good scores at school can take top-up courses to get admission into a 2nd or 3rd year, and work alongside to gather experience.
  3. One can take one’s own pace to complete a course. There will be no deadlines which would therefore let students handle their course work with ease.
  4. Students or working professionals looking for business management courses would not have to pay lump sums like what brick and mortar business schools charge. In fact, UK universities would bring easy payment schemes which would keep enrolees financially stable.
  5. One would be able to access study materials for their distance learning courses anytime he/she wishes.
  6. Online course curriculums will comprise video tutorials, journals, social networking and a lot other interesting activities that would let students take pleasure in their studies.
  7. With a distance learning degree under a foreign university, you are sure to impress the biggest employers all over the globe.

So, you see that students in Nigeria are no more required to travel all the way to the United Kingdom to earn certificates. By simply availing the option of distance learning under a UK university, one can instead pursue higher studies and continue working at the same time.

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Cost Effectiveness Of Online Learning In Nigeria

Every year, almost 1.2 million learners qualify for an undergraduate education in Nigeria. However, the 104 universities in Nigeria can only accommodate 300,000 learners in campus. This is something very uncomfortable for the aspiring learners in Nigeria. This imbalance actually caused the demand for online education in the nation and as it allows more learners to have an access of education, it has become the most loving mode of getting a degree.

Online education is something which cannot be effectually defined by anyone. Each one of us can have a different perspective of the same. According to UNESCO in 2002, open and distance education simply represents the focus on the open access of learning and training provision to the learners. Also, there will be no constraints of time and space and therefore it is just an easy way out for classroom learning. Hence, online or distance education is simply the way of providing knowledge to the learners at their home, or office or any other place. Hulsmann, in the year 1997, defined distance education as:

• Separating learners from the teacher in place and time.
• Necessity of proper university accreditation and the influence of any educational institution.
• Using technology in order to get a degree. For example, taking help of television, radio, audio cassettes, computers, etc.
• Two way interaction between learners and teachers in both synchronise and a synchronise manner.

Cost effectiveness on online learning

According to Obanya, there is lack of proper learning resources in Nigeria. With this low quality education scenario, the future of the learners is bleak. Hence, all this definitely calls for a change in the scenario and online education comes as an easy respite. UNESCO reported, “In efforts to meet the new and changing demands for education and training, open and distance learning may be seen as an approach that is at least complimentary and under certain circumstances, an appropriate substitute for the face-to-face methods that still dominates most educational systems.”The way online education is so much flexible and affordable that it has actually become a very cost effective way of getting a degree in Nigeria.

Online learning or distance education has a number of potential for the learners and other stakeholders in education. For all the learners, online distance learning is all about freedom to education as well as a wide range of skills and opportunities for education. It is much cheaper as well. The online learning courses are pretty much affordable as well. The learners do not need any kind of conveyance cost, food or lodging costs and the tuition fees in itself is very nominal.

What students think about e-learning in Nigeria?

A Post Graduate student in Graphic Design

“I see it as an avenue to further my education. I have Bachelor’s degree but my job cannot allow me to go back to the four walls of any institution as a full time student. As a proprietor of my venture if I try it, that will be the end of the business.”

A Law student

“I have been dreaming of studying Law but the normal (conventional) university will not allow this because I have to write entrance examination which my schedule of work has not permitted me to prepare for in the last four years. Whatever it will cost, this system of distance learning has made it possible for me to start the Law programme and definitely I will finish it and get my Law degree.”

A Banker

“This is the kind of school that can help people like me. Although it is possible to get study leave from my place of work but there is no certainty that one will get the job back when he is back with whatever certificate he would have acquired from the study he went for. There are lots of people who will just fill up the vacancy created immediately one proceeds on a leave of absence. With this distance learning programme, I know that I will get a Master degree after completion and still have my job.”

Online learning is therefore a very cost effective approach to education. Learners do not need to worry about funds and they can relax while earning the degree they have dreamt of for so long. It has simply altered the way of acquiring a degree and Nigeria is one of the places which has got mostly helped by technology in learning.

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Informal Sector Escalates Job Openings In Nigeria

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reported that the job openings in Africa are increasing with time. The working age population of the country reached almost over 490 millions in the year 2012. It simply represents a leap of 259% since 2000 and aims at a compound growth rate of around 2.8%. Hence, this escalation in labour population is becoming a key to the economic development in Africa, as well as worldwide.

ILO’s global employment trends report in 2013 contained the fact that the increasing working-age population in Africa is now comparable to that of the other countries. The Nigerian economy was getting improved by the increase in job opportunities by 12% in the last quarter.  The reports by NBS (National Bureau of Statistics) indicate that almost 174,326 all new jobs were being added into the economy of the country. Nigeria’s Q1 2013 all new employment documents can also be described as a much favourable opportunity of the economy of South Africa. This has also created 44,000 jobs which are reported by the country itself.

The informal sector of Nigeria have experienced 53% of new employments with 17 million new businesses & enterprises and this in turn has helped the labour market of Africa to grow its overall economy. The formal sector, on the other hand, got a hype of 41% and the public sector came up with 6% of new job opportunities in the job market.

The youth population of Nigeria, of around 15-35 years of age, 32% of new positions were created and got absorbed by the learning sector. This was followed by the 28% in fiscal intermediation industry. Also, from the Q1 2012, there was an enhance in 35% new job positions has made for economic balance in Nigeria.

Overall, when the analysis was done, it was found out that in Nigeria, the 34% of job consisted of the school leavers. The one who had never attended a school had 33% of share and the ones with only primary school certificates had 21% of place. All these got highlighted in the year 2012 with the report published by Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights in Nigeria. This also stated that almost 45% of Nigeria’s workforce were characterised by the most ‘casual’ employment and it included the candidates with low skills and poor expertise.

However, the fact remains that no matter how much the job sector has developed; there is much to do to improve the unemployment rate of Nigeria. The rate of unemployment is 24% and also it scores less in Human Development Index. But the IMF projections are quite positive and it assumes 7.4% GDP growth because of the increasing oil prices and also the vigorous domestic demand. If we see economically, we would know that the Sub-Saharan Africa is the second most fastest growing area internationally. But without development, the growth of the country is a challenge.

The President, on his 2011 budget, said, “Unemployment among our youth is one of our biggest challenges. The time has come to create jobs and lay a new foundation for Nigeria’s economic growth.

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Nigeria Learning To Improve!

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Lack of proper resource and appropriate guidance are major obstacles toward learning. Social upheavals and violence, in addition, are reasons why a large section of population remains bereft from enlightenment in developing regions. So, instead of huge demand for knowledge, Nigeria failed to provide education to the most for years.

Scarcity of qualified teachers and poor quality of edification has been keeping Nigerians away from enlightenment for years. But a few right actions taken by the administrative power can change the scenario to a great extent. Initiatives taken by the government in Nigeria lately to improve the educational quality are examples of remarkable actions. Measures adopted to boost e-learning and making education free at all levels will hopefully drive the nation toward better academic standard in near future!

 

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A few steps toward a brighter future…

With the introduction of the Federal Teachers’ Scheme and Nationwide Capacity building in 2006, the problem regarding under-qualified tutors and dire quality education improved a bit at primary levels. The project called “Tablet of Knowledge” is also a creditable step to provide students with an enriched environment and recent announcement of Kano’s Governor to make education free of cost is a landmark endeavor. But the battle for the nation is at initial stage and it’s still a long way ahead for Nigerian education system.    

Observing the demand for knowledge of Nigerian learners and the nations obstacles toward providing it, World Bank decided to invest to improve the education system and launch a support for the Nigerian Government to enhance the security system inside the country. Nigeria State Education Program Investment Project (SEPIP) is a $150 million project assuring better instructor deployment and school management. “Investing in people is an essential part of Nigeria’s strategy to reduce poverty and achieve steady economic growth,” said Marie-Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, “I am delighted that we are supporting better schooling and earning prospects for millions of children and young people, while also cushioning some of the poorest families through a stronger social safety net system.”

More effective strategies are required…

 

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But initiatives taken by some institutions may not resolve the issue of inadequate funding. And e-learning can only reward the nation with impressive results when tutors of the country provide right guidance. So, practical measures to recover from the present status have become imperative. Strikes demanding improvement that received huge support from various unions over the years in Nigeria haven’t generated any impressive outcome so far. It has changed a little but wasted a lot.

  • A budget for reasonable investment is essential. Maximize the opportunities utilizing the small endowments is what the government should focus on.
  • Individual attempt and funding could also bring about great opportunities for the countrymen. Initiatives taken by a larger group of audience will only help to fast-track the growth of the entire nation. 
  • Innovative ideas to make most of the limited resource can help the country optimize the potential of new age learning. Viable and indigenous strategies to enhance scopes and revamp the sector would be appreciable.     
  • For instance, imposing a small percentage educational tax on import or a rule for the working professional to invest a nominal amount from their salary into education will help the education sector receive a good amount for improvement.    

Monitoring the process is even more important as only collection of money may not resolve the issues. Transparent communication, reasonable actions and proper implementation are important parts of any plan. Supervision of the top agencies and government must be employed in order to materialize the dream of forming an enlightened nation.  

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