Nigerian Education must be Purposeful & Vision-driven, concludes NESG

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It was only a couple of weeks back when education was enlisted on the agenda out of a national discourse initiated with the private sector-driven organisation, National Economic Summit Group. They held their 20th annual conference where the primary theme was related to:

  • the role of education that can strengthen a society’s foundation
  • how education can lead to national transformation and growth

Keeping these goals in mind, the organisation decided to raise awareness towards the gradual deterioration in the sector which must therefore provoke strategic engagement. Well, the entire outing was super successful for which Mr Frank Nweke, the NESG Director General; Mr Foluso Phillips, the chairman and several participants from both public and private sectors deserve appreciation.

The 1-week summit ended with the conclusion that:

  • Nigeria must now require education that would not only be driven by vision but should also be purposeful
  • There must be competent professionals who must take the initiative to execute this strategy
  • The nation must extend their objectives from education spending to education investment
  • Nigeria must reconstruct their learning ambiance and accentuate on making students achieve trendy skills that are relevant globally
  • Help schools initiate abilities to develop and establish research that can keep enhancing their standards with time
  • There must be transformation from the prevalent conventional examination pattern to a system that highlights on the learning outcome

Since critical stakeholders from both public and private sectors along with Namadi Sambo, the Vice President, participated in most of the sessions, a key note of optimism popped up in regard to fixing fundamental issues on Nigerian education. Now, it’s going to be a new challenge that would let Nigeria move from action through talks to restructured education.

Implementing reforms is education is crucial

A serious aspect that has been discussed here is implementing reforms in the education sector. Having chaired by one of the retired UNESCO Directors for Education, Professor P.A.I. Obanya, along with departments and institutions under membership, far-reaching recommendations were made by the panel. As per the presidential panel, both the state and federal levels have witnessed a steady rise in the number of bureaucracies along with an increasing demand. Despite, a proportionate improvement in service delivery was not achieved and there was instead a huge amount of transactional costs.

What the findings have moreover exposed is that the current management models cannot effectively promote education policy as well as educational service delivery in the nation. So, what’s essential now are:

–         Decentralisation of power

–      Necessary resources for developing and managing basic education that can serve education authorities run by the local government

–    Existing top-down approaches must be reversed by making states work with federal authorities since the phase of conceptualising the initiatives

–         Involvement of expanded stakeholders must be there at almost every level of education in the nation

Besides, digital learning has played a key role in strengthening the educational standards of Nigeria. As per reports, the country now holds around 48.4 million internet users, and this clearly shows that the nation is gradually equipping itself to compete with the developed ones.

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Nigeria must overcome its Poor Standard in Education to Meet Real Development

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If proper developments are to take place in Nigeria, the first and foremost measure that should be initiated is rectifying the massive shortcomings in the country’s education systems.  And, it is not that the Federal Government is not aware of the fact.

But, whilst the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike blames on poor reading culture for poor performance of students in public examination, Mr. Folusho Philips, the chairman of Philips Consulting, points out to the decrepit state of educational infrastructure in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The classrooms are not at all conducive of studying. In most of the classrooms, there are no chairs for teachers to sit. (Source:bit.ly/1ikFDXP )

Proper Use of More Funds is Required

Mr. Philips’ view is very logical. If the government really wants to bring improvement in the country’s education sphere, the leadership must demonstrate the willingness to move in and define education. And, as he emphasises, more funds have to be injected into the education sector. But, as he also points out, it is not solely money that can bring positive changes to the crisis. What is actually necessary is the right set of people who can direct the money into real developments.

Need Improvement in Basic Amenities

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Where a public university in Nigeria lacks basic infrastructure like water supply on regular basis, accommodation, electricity, and well-equipped libraries, and, according to Chief Afe Babaloba, many of the nation’s universities “are not much better than secondary schools”, the things really deserve serious attention. Students experience a four-year course without getting to the laboratory for once. (Source: bit.ly/1hipRK9)

There are about 130 universities, and over 300 polytechnics and colleges owned by the Federal and state government, almost all of which are in rotten condition. And, to get over from this condition, priority on education has to be invested with earnest eagerness. Without substantial measures neither such length of shortcomings can be overcome, nor can Nigeria see the light of actual developments. (Source: bit.ly/1dYNtot)

Unsolved Issues can be More Devastating

Add to these is the alleged non-implementation of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government Agreement, leading to industrial action embarked upon by university teachers that has brought the public university system to its knees. Educationalist Dr. Cecelia Paul says, “ASUU wants concrete evidence because once bitten, twice shy. The lecturers know where the shoe pains and so won’t want to take chances again. They don’t want to go in vain and can therefore build on this foundation.

The Needs Assessment Committee headed by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and joined by former ASUU President Prof. Awuzie, also discovered the disgusting state of infrastructure in the Nigerian public university system. (Source: bit.ly/NcZwEa)

Unexplored Paths Have to be Checked Out

The problem is somewhat deep, which obviously needs immediate solution. But, if Nigerian government keeps on failing to bring required improvement to the sector, Nigeria must consider taking benefit of international education. With the blessing of communication technology, higher education from international universities has become easy and truly affordable. Without leaving their country, Nigerian students can continue their studies through many prestigious international universities online.

There are many way outs that Nigeria must take into account to tackle its long term struggle to overcome its educational inferiority. Newer possibilities should also be grabbed instantly to avail a good alternative system.

Online University Graduates have Potentials Similar to Traditional Learners

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Can online university students be as potential as those studying in conventional universities? Does the education obtained by online graduates assure quality in comparison to those provided in the brick and mortar institutions? Well, these questions have been raising debates for years among experts and career professionals, and now the Vice Chancellor of NOUN has come up with a crystal clear answer.

Nigeria’s Open University students have equal potential similar to full-timers

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As per Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, graduates studying in the National Open University of Nigeria are as potential as those studying in the brick and mortar universities. While talking to the journalists at the opening ceremony of Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF) on Open Learning, Tenebe said that they not only intend to theorise but also work on the practical aspect of online learning.

According to Tenebe, “We are not only theorising this concept but practicalising it. We are demonstrating to people that if you get your certificate from the Open University or the national teachers institute, compare that graduate with the ones from conventional universities.” He also said that traditional university students would be given a challenge through a competition where they have to face the online university students.

Online university courses – a holistic transformation

Professor Tenebe who is also PCF’s co-chairman said that the intention of the National Open University is crystal clear. They want to make the entire globe witness as how quality education can be obtained through university courses online and can therefore let individuals undergo a holistic transformation. He explained that this system of learning is so flexible and comfortable that one can learn at one’s own pace and become highly professional with time.

Tenebe conceives distance learning as a holistic package and therefore he says that they are not only providing education out of business to let students achieve qualifications but a lot more beyond. He added, “That is why open and distance learning is the education of the people and is for the people and it democratises education”.

The professor was moreover quite enthusiastic in saying that the Open University along with the system of distance learning helps almost everyone to obtain education with ease. NOUN moreover is adopting diverse approaches to help students receive education with absolute perfection.

NOUN joins hands with NTI

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The National Teachers Institute has joined hands with NOUN to work together and help the rural population access different channels of media for meeting their education standards.

We don’t have the connectivity in the rural areas. In some rural areas, we don’t even have electricity but we cannot exclude these people. So we have to find a way to take this education to them even if it means recording these programs and taking it to them”, said Tenebe. (Quotation Source: bit.ly/1icax3h)

With such an incredible initiative by NOUN, online education will acquire a new meaning in the underdeveloped nations. Students who never dreamt to complete higher studies for lack of resources will now be making their dreams come true. In fact, the working professionals who had no choices left than to travel overseas and spend lump sums to enrol in a reputed university will now be continuing their work and studying under a reputed online university at the same time.

Online Learning is Preferred More Than Traditional Colleges

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Distance learning, or online education is a new of getting acquainted with knowledge and it seems that people are getting attracted towards it more than traditional colleges and universities. Some are also of the view that soon technology in education will take over the traditional schools and colleges and who knows, online education might remain as the only way to study in the coming years!

Why online learning?

  • The first and foremost need of incorporating technology in the classroom is to make education a fun thing for the learners. Especially in the schools where BYODs have become quite popular, educators are of the view that it has helped the children to learn to lessons and remember things in a better way. Technology simply makes learning easier and grabs attention of the learners by providing the subjects in a creative way.
  • The college costs are just skyrocketing day by day. The student debt is a very big issue and Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that there has been an escalation of $902 billion in students’ loan debt. The online courses, on the other hand, are very much affordable for the learners. Also, the learners can avoid the conveyance costs, food and lodging cost thereby paying for only the course fee, which is much lesser than that of a traditional one.
  • The most renowned universities are now offering their courses online. Starting from MIT, Cambridge to Leeds and Bristol in UK, all have accepted technology in education with open arms. When a learner can get a degree from such popular universities from home, why go abroad?
  • Online education is a globalised endeavour. The learners from all around the globe can go for a course from their favourite universities which might be located in a different part of the world. This is a great opportunity for the learners who are not financially well-off.

Online learning in the corporate world

The various organisations worldwide are implementing e-learning to train the employees. Previously, the training sessions were done at office hours which would consume a lot of time and affect the office work. Also, trainers would have to attend the organisations and also a room would be needed for the same. This would cost a lot of penny. Hence, by implementing online training sessions, they can actually do a cost cutting.

The office working hours wouldn’t get affected with e-learning training sessions. This would mean that the employees can go back home, and then go through the training videos at their own flexibility. Also, the trainers can now be appointed from various parts of the globe as they can present their lectures via web cam.

Hence, for all the above reasons, online learning is simply loved by the organisations, educators as well as learners all around the globe.

How Online Learning is a Feasible Option to Get Better Jobs in the Market?

Online learning has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade. A large number of students have flocked to online colleges and massive open online courses because they want to secure jobs as early as possible by developing their skills.

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Some educational magazines and researchers have been studying the role of online learning in securing jobs for students. They have put in a lot of effort to understand whether online distance education actually helps students find a job. The studies find out that the scepticism about distance learning is somewhat shifting because more and more students are looking to earn a degree through online distance learning medium.

Meteoric Rise Over The Last Decade

Online education sector has gone through a meteoric rise over the past decade. According to a report by Babson Survey Research Group, over 6.1 million students enrolled in at least one online class in the fall of 2010. The data suggests a growth rate of 10 percent over 2009 and almost four times higher than the number of students took online courses a decade back. (Source: goo.gl/1fR3r1)

There are some students enrolled in the traditional schools, which also provide online courses whereas many other students go for online courses through UK universities and other online institutes. Still, people are concerned over the quality of online learning and value of online degrees in getting jobs.

UK Universities in Nigeria

UK universities’ online courses are especially designed to help in getting better job opportunities. These universities have a wide presence in the online education sector and they are making their presence felt all around the world. Now, they have come up with many undergraduate and postgraduate online courses in Nigeria promising students from this region of enhanced job prospects.

Find out how online distance learning from UK universities can help Nigerian students enhance their career prospects:

  • Flexibility of learning
  • Accommodate online courses with your lifestyle as per convenience
  • Quick degree to maximise job prospects
  • Make a balance between personal, professional and academic life without glitches
  • Working professionals and middle age people can also study for online degrees and earn a valuable degree to rise within the organisation
  • Complete the courses as per your convenience, though you must complete the course on time for better job opportunities
  • Study at own pace without feeling the pressure, though you should be self disciplined and committed to studies

Besides these factors, online distance learning courses are designed to improve various skills of students. Employers today look for apt skills in their employees and online distance learning instils all the required qualities in the learners.

Accredited Online Colleges Providing Nigerian Women with World Class Education

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Enhance the Credibility of your Career with Graphic Design

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Imagine you can really change the way people think. This feels great and it is plausible through use of graphic design skills. The work of graphic designers is viewed as excellent and if done articulately, with precision then the final outcome can look extraordinary. Before getting into the details of how to find a career and excel in it with graphic design, let’s delve deeper into what is graphic designing.

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What is Graphic Designing?

Graphic designing is regarded as a genre of art. The designs are so sophisticated and precise that they have a lasting impact on the minds. The job of a graphic designer is to use a riot of typefaces, colours, imagery and animation to come up with the end result. This end result could be on print or might appear in digital. The right way of producing the best graphic design instances is to intellectually use the diverse tools and produce an aesthetically pleasing design.

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So, how to find a job in this realm?

First off, the job of a graphic designer is to completely change the overall feel and look of a product. Not necessarily, you must have a degree to become a successful graphic designer but you can become one with the acumen for seeing things and presenting them with in the right manner. One can excel in his/her career in graphic designing by becoming a pro at art presentation through good observation and skills. Here, we offer you some of the areas where graphic designers can hunt for jobs.

  • Interactive media- This field is directly related to graphics, text, audio, animation, etc. The interactive media is one of the most attractive and luring niches where one can get into as graphic designer.
  • Graphic designers can also become part of promotional displays. Have you ever wondered who are responsible for billboard designs? No, then try to garner information about graphic designers.
  • Freelance graphic designers have the experience and skills of designing corporate reports with adequate planning and look to turn them presentable. Since these are prepared professionally, the reports look interesting and not boring at all.
  • Graphic designers can definitely work for magazines. This is because magazines demand colourful and attractive designs. Hence, a graphic designer has to be adequately associated with designing intricacies to ensure that magazine pages are made presentable and appealing.
  • Graphic designers can also find a good career option in newspapers too.
  • Marketing brochures cannot be complete without contribution of graphic designers.

Therefore, the right idea would be to get into the graphic designing field and excel in your career with fabulous growth. But the best idea is to pursue a prospective career and at the same time, access graphic designing theoretical skills through online. Distance learning will help you pursue both at the same time. Therefore, you can enjoy the fruits of accessing graphic design degree online.

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Hence, go ahead with a career and enjoy a life of creativity.