Can Online Education Show Nigerian Students an Easy Way to Prosper?


If a nation runs a bad education system for lack of monetary support or poor teachers, students there would never expect to build prospective futures. A similar scenario has been witnessed in Nigeria where about 10.5 million students have been found to be staying out of school and more than 50% of the adults are simply leading lives like illiterates. The entire scenario has therefore been so dreadful that no other country has gathered such data over the years.


Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, attended an education summit to discuss this entire matter with the state governors, the education commissioners from all 36 states and the president, Goodluck Jonathan. Having partnered with Global Business Coalition for Education, USAID, the Global Partnership for Education and Qatar’s Educate a Child, the UN Special Envoy and the policy makers gathered together to discuss that they would be providing financial support with which:

–         new schools could be made

–         new teachers would be trained

–         new technologies would be implemented

It was last July when the UN Special Envoy took a similar trip to Pakistan. However, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics created a policy paper recently that showed Nigeria to be scoring low in almost every aspect in comparison to Pakistan. The reports also showed:

  • 1 out of 6 children in Nigeria belongs to the list of the world’s out-of-school children
  • Between the year 2000 and 2010, 3.6 million Nigerian students in addition have been reported to be out of school

The dual objective of the education summit will therefore be to:

  • Take all those children back to school
  • Ensure that it keeps continuing on a regular basis


Proposal would be made on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan for the new 2014 census. The intention of this proposal would be to analyse how one is progressing academically. The framing of the policies will depend on the assessment of who will be left behind and who will be called into the school.

The ‘access’ factor has not only stood responsible for Nigeria’s education crisis but the ‘quality’ factor has also stood equally answerable. What has been rather found is that the huge number of students and working professionals who are coming out with minimal literacy skills are instead urging the government to bring changes in the country’s education.

As per reports from the International Day of Literacy last week, it was found:

  • About 774 million students have been found incapable to read or write
  • Out of them, 2/3rds are women
  • Out of all countries, Nigeria was found to be suffering the most

Well, where there is bad news all around Nigeria, the incredible news that can now bring a sigh of relief among the new age learners there is the rapid initiation of distance learning technologies. Instead, experts are considering it to be a future resolution that would bring positive developments in Nigeria’s education system.

Amongst the other nations in Africa, Nigeria has emerged to be the only one with the highest population of internet users, and this has rather acted as an inspiration for the students here who have always wanted to pursue online distance learning programmes. In fact, this can give all those homeless students a chance to reconstruct their careers with perfection and therefore help Nigeria undergo massive improvements in their education system.



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