Empowerment of women is a global concern. Quality education is the root of women empowerment. The increased cost of education and spreading poverty has restricted the opportunity for girls. As women have lower social status, their condition has worsened. The inadequacy of resources cannot help the situation as funding becomes a huge problem.
Condition of Women in Nigeria
Since the United Nations has included gender equality and women empowerment among its development programmes, it has been receiving attention across the world. Today the overall development of a country is not possible in absence of women empowerment. Nigeria has adopted education as a medium of transformation of their society. The right of equal education is given preference. However, these efforts of government has not brought any positive result for progress of women and the records still show less number of girl enrolment than boys.
Nigeria is a poor country and the increased cost of education might also be a reason which doesn’t allow parents to send their kids to school especially girls. Due to poverty many children are engaged in household works or in labour to bring money. Those who get basic education cannot pursue higher education due to the lack of well built educational infrastructure and parents cannot bear the cost of sending them in another country to pursue higher degree.
Online Education Empowering Women
The introduction of online education has helped the Nigeria government in solving the problem of spreading education in the country. Many accredited online colleges have been introduced across the globe which offers different online courses ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate and diploma programme. Online education has brought a revolution in the learning process by bringing international universities at our door steps. Girls do not have to think twice for pursuing a higher degree. Since these courses are affordable taking admission into these universities is just a click away.
Online Education in Nigeria
The online education is practiced in Nigeria in different forms such as: Open University, Nigeria teachers institute (NTI), part-time programmes, weekend programmes, continuing education, correspondence education and adult education programmes. These have become an instrument in achieving educational goals. Accredited online colleges offer these programmes through distance learning.
The opportunities and accessibility created by distance learning programmes, has generated enthusiasm in the country. It has made education available to every Nigerian man and woman. Since more and more students take to online education, it generates more income for the government than the regular course. Being a poor nation, everybody cannot afford a computer which might be a difficulty. The problem of irregular electricity needs to be looked after as well. Hence, the government should look after these problems, regulate and promote online education. Women should also be encouraged to come forward and empower themselves.