Quality Education Is The Only Way To Fight Unemployment In Nigeria


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Among the many grave challenges that Nigeria is facing currently, preparing the young generation to add value to the national economy in the future seems to be the hardest. Since that last few years, the nation has been steeped in corruption, terrorist attacks, political uncertainty, high unemployment rates and poor educational opportunities. This creates a huge pressure not only on the society but also on the youths.

Challenges For Nigerian Youths

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With constantly growing rate of unemployment, it is believed that around 75 per cent of Nigerian youths are ill-equipped to cope the international job market, recession and the global economy. This raises various other issues such as easy access to financial support for start-ups along with other challenges in development. Many experts and youth forums highlight the necessity of quality education as well as practical strategies that will enable young people to deal with specific needs and prepare them to deal with challenges in future. Mass poverty is one of the most menacing challenges in Nigeria and represents a big fraction of the overall national population. Most Nigerian youths face much difficulty in getting a job and starting their careers or even their own business.

Unemployment: The Biggest Challenge

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Unemployment is a basic reality for almost all youths, which is even higher than adult unemployment rate. This clearly denotes an improper utilisation of our human capital resources, especially of the Nigerian youth. This also goes to show that most employers do not trust the skills, knowledge and experience of fresh graduates. Young people who get the chance to attend school education are compelled to stay in education for a longer duration by pursuing a masters degree programme. Employment opportunities are becoming more scarce with decreasing salaries and unstable careers.

Those youths who are unable to access higher education opportunities, tend to move away from the school system due to various factors like financial struggles, political disturbances etc. These people are often overlooked by the corporate sector and receive only menial jobs with minimal pay, mostly due to lack of skill and experience. According to statistics, more than 3 million youths in the state of Lagos are still unemployed. With over 2 million people under skilled for employment. Moreover, numerous others are forced to work in temporary jobs are usually taken advantage of by employment agencies with minimal pay and no benefits. Due to all these problems, youths in Nigeria are taking interest in unproductive activities like drug abuse, internet fraud, violent behavior, prostitution, criminal activities, repeated riots etc.

Offering Quality Education

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A reputed English Professor said “The biggest problem Nigeria has with empowering her youth is the fact that they throw temporal solutions to permanent problem and never address issues from the grassroots”.

In the past few years, many NGOs have come forward with excellent processes, strategies and concepts that help the youth to access quality higher education and help them to develop skills that are essential for the workplace. The organisations have a clear understanding of the challenges faced by the Nigerian youth and know how these can be dealt with. Hence, they develop targeted solutions that will enable our youths to face various challenges and uncertainties and move closer towards economic independence.

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Social Media – EFIKO Mobile App Is Set To Improve Nigeria’s Education Sector

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There is nothing new about the challenges and threats to development of education in Nigeria and how the federal government have been unable to make education accessible for everyone even after so many measures and years. However, with the introduction of a new mobile social quiz platform (efiko.com.ng) aimed for secondary school students, the scenario is set to improve. The EFIKO mobile application, developed by the nation’s leading social innovation centre Co-Creation Hub (CCHub), was launched to improve the learning and understanding of students with the help of self-assessment and topical quizzes.

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 Merging Education And Social Media

The launch event also acted as an award ceremony which recognised learners who achieved excellence by using the platform since the pilot test in Lagos. Tunji Eleso, Project Incubator of CcHub, claimed the app has combined the power of education with social media to create a crucial mass of learners who can face various academic challenges. Eleso said “Social media is a very powerful tool which most youths use negatively. The reality is that there is competition for the attention of these youths and our goal is to challenge them to, at their leisure, learn by taking the mobile quiz.”

Regarding the functions of the new app, Eleso commented that students can download efiko.com.ng on different platforms like Nokia S40, Android etc. He added “The 10-question short quiz is to test their knowledge, and at the end of the quiz, they can share their results on facebook with a very simple message ‘I scored this much in this particular subject in the quiz and I challenge you to beat my scores.’ Since the competition for their attention is stiff, visiting efiko.com.ng has some incentives such as the best students in different subjects and different classes would win Samsung mobile phones at the end of the month. Also, the best students would be promoted on the website.”

Development Of Public Examinations

Eleso believes that currently Nigeria is going through a crisis situation regarding secondary education and this is resulting in unacceptably bad results in public examinations. According to him, the application aims to help the learners in improving their academic performance and accomplishments. He said “Since the application is in accordance with the national curriculum, it would help students in schools that have shortage of teaching materials and teachers to cover the curriculum and equally challenge their mates. This, we believe, is crucial in addressing the challenges of education at the secondary level. ”

CcHub Project Incubator Tunji Eleso further said “When students use this application to study what they learn in school, it would help them know their strengths and weaknesses in different subjects from an early stage and on a term by term basis, thereby leading to an improvement in public examinations. We are also working with publishers and government to ensure that we don’t deviate from the curriculum.”

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Helping Students To Improve? 

EFIKO challenges students to learn more and perform better by achieving better scores and assessing their own improvements. It also enables the students to interact with fellow learners and work with each other through social media.

What do you think about the new application? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us by commenting below.

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Nigeria Ties Up With Positive Policies To Endorse Education!

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A child without education is like a bird without wings – says a famous Tibetan proverb. If explained, this sentence would probably mean that you will never be able to relish life if you are deprived of the most important equipments, and that is of course education. Nations scoring poor in educational field are often seen suffering from poverty, corruption and violence. People, here, making their living out of nothingness have scarcely known the taste of being alive.

Education in Nigeria: Now and Then

We are grateful that technology has helped us move faster than we expected. From books and classrooms, education especially, has come a long way. Education for the entire world has evolved largely; students these days carry classes in their pockets, learn with peers across the globe, and earn degrees at home. The mission is to provide best knowledge, launch a system for all and encourage lifelong learning. Not only technologically advanced countries, but millions from developing regions are also making most of it. African countries, particularly Nigeria that was long deprived of educational and professional opportunities now have several avenues cropping up with online education.

Nigeria, fifteen years back was only aware of three fundamentally distinct education systems: the first one was indigenous system, Quranic schools were the other option, and they also had formal European-style education institutions. Indigenous system that involved school-going population to a great extent was actually diverting young Nigerians from formal education. So, how to integrate these people in a proper learning environment was a question that kept the experts baffled for years.

Nigeria, since its birth has witnessed the system going through several changes with an intention to provide more effective education. And from 1969, the birth of Curriculum Conference; National Policies on Education have kept evolving to improve the quality.  A major initiative taken in 2004 to adopt education as an instrument ‘par excellence’ for endorsing national development has stimulated the growth to a great deal. Recently, the learning institutions are going for tie-ups with international groups with a purpose to launch a relevant, affordable, and flexible learning style to enlighten the citizens of Nigeria. The administrative leaders are supporting online mode of study for better learning experience.



Good educational policies in the country can bring…

Good Leaders: Education is the only way to encourage skills. Knowledge and practice that bring qualities forth help the nations achieve efficient leaders. Curriculum only designed to make them productive in a society but innovative doesn’t really help the economy to expand.

Employment Opportunities: The reason behind most of the people picking up conventional options is of course lack of fresh curriculum and pedagogy in the country. Apart from that, entrepreneurial skills that open up new possibilities for a country are being wasted owing to lack of guidance. With proper education policies, a nation not only earns knowledge but ascertains fresh opportunities in the market.

Technological Progress: People with higher qualification and advanced knowledge help a country to make significant progresses in technological sphere. It is technological invention and innovation that helped us to form a brand new world within the last few decades. And this is hardly possible without proper knowledge and training.

More precisely, in a country without education, most of the citizens learn the art of surviving but not living. Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world; it’s good that the people have started admitting it and making slow but steady progress toward it.

Talentedge Committed To Boost Information Technology Education In Nigeria

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In the modern times, technology has a greater role to play in education world. Plenty of technology-based education programmes have been introduced to hone up the individual skills of learners. Technology has made a great impact on education system in almost each and every country. But, there are a few developing countries still fairing not-too-well on this forefront.

Nigeria, one of the Sub-Saharan countries, is one of the African countries where education system is making progress with efforts pouring in from every corner of the world. Recently, some of the premier technology training organisations from India has taken initiative to boost the information technology education in Nigeria; Talentedge is one such Indian company.

Talentedge, the premier technology training company in India has shown a keen interest in spreading the information technology education in Nigeria. It has formed a master franchise agreement with Linkserve, a leading internet company in Nigeria, for expansion of its education technology in African continent.

The deal was signed by Aditya Malik, MD and Sreedevi Sreekumar, Head International Business of Talentedge, and Chima Onyekwere (OON), Founding Chairman of Linkserve Group.

Through its multiple product lines, Talentedge is committed to offer a bunch of learning courses, such as campus learning schemes, government training projects, individual learning programmes and corporate education programmes.

According to the company’s statement, this deal will bring a large number of technology training courses, which have already revolutionised IT learning in India and other developing countries, to the Nigerian market.

The agreement would give consent to Linkserve to expand the educational knowledge base in Nigeria in the company of other sub-franchisees and by opening training centres. This deal is aimed at producing the better trained employment workforce in the Sub-Saharan African country.

Aditya Malik said on the development, “We are extremely delighted to sign an agreement with Linkserve Group as part of our endeavour to change the landscape of education in Nigeria by introducing affordable and quality education for millions of students,” He adds, “Even though we have been operational in Nigeria as karROX, we are now re-entering the country with renewed vigour by partnering with a strong player IT Industry like Linkserve. We hope to replicate the high standards of education set by us in India in Nigeria. Onyekwere said the partnership is in line with the company’s vision to bring to the Nigerian market quality educational training matched with the innovative spirit of Linkserve as a true IT Pioneer in Nigeria.”

Talentedge and Linkserve are committed to help the federal government in context to improving the IT education quality and to make sure that Nigeria makes the best use of technological advancements in this field.

Chima Onyekwere also said that IT manpower outsourcing opportunities today offer immense benefits to entire world and Talentedge is coming to Nigeria with a huge bouquet of technology learning solutions.

Talentedge is aiming to set the benchmark in terms of easy to access and quality education in India as well as abroad.

Talentedge strives hard to provide quality education to students by offering executive education from eminent universities. It provides the certificates of the best colleges in India and international certification bodies. The “Direct to Desktop” solution is an extensive application for training where eminent faculty organises live lectures on virtual platforms and offers the experience of classroom learning through cloud campus.

Each session of the skilfully designed training programme is aimed at offering valuable experience to students as well as employers. They are sure to benefit a lot after the successful completion of each training programme.

Offering education for career advancement and employability, Talentedge is counted among the leading education companies in India. The headquarter of the company is in Mumbai, India and is present across the 28 Indian cities and has a total of 40 centres in other developed and developing nations across South East Asia and Africa.

The deal between Talentedge and Linkserve gives African students and working professional lots of reason to smile and dream of a prosperous career ahead.

So, it is up to the Nigerian people and education concerned organisations to make the very best use of the opportunities being provided by Talentedge.

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Education Will Free From Now For Kano – Declares Kano

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“In our collective resolve to drive a knowledge base economy, government has already concluded arrangement to adopt a free education for all indigene at all levels: primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state”, declared Kano state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso recently. Kano has always been in news for social turbulence. Suffering from various complications this Nigerian state is among the low rated places suffering from educational backwardness for a long time. Observing the poor enrollment tendencies in the state, Governor Kwankwaso has decided to take some important initiatives welcoming a knowledge-based economy.

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Activating Education For All Is The Primary Target!

Shedding light on the budget proposals of 2014 that was held of late at Audu Bako Secretariat, Kano, Kano State Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Yusuf Bello Dambatta made it clear that the declaration regarding free education is an idea to accomplish Governor Kwankwaso’s mission for mass education at all levels in the state. The Governor added that “this is in addition to sponsoring of Kano indigenes to pursue their various degree programmes locally and internationally”, pointing out that the commencement of the free education for all Kano state indigenes from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions starting from the new academic session in 2014.”

It’s A Well-Planned Project That Deserves Success…

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Predicting it would be an expensive attempt and to ascertain effective execution of the new programme, the Education sector has received the largest share of the sectoral allocation of more than N20billion with Ministry of Education N15.22billion and its ministry for Higher Education counterpart got N5.61billion. The list of policy programmes for 2014 fiscal year that focuses on educational development of the state includes more programmes like, N6.5 billion for the continuation work at Schools for Islamic Studies in each of the 44 LGAs. According to Kwankwaso announcement, an amount of N2 billion has been kept separately for the continuation of 44 Technical Schools one in each LGAs; adding that N241 million has equally been earmarked for the procurement of 15 mobile computing solar powered container box.

Governor Kwankwaso is immensely hopeful about the new plans and expects ninety percent successful completion of the project by this year. Governor Kwankwaso said that he is optimistic and believes that, 2014 budget of consolidation will not only consolidate the government’s development efforts but will ensure prudence and efficiency in its expenditure programmes. He has also promised to accomplish his targets using limited resources but achieve maximum impact. Governor Kwankwaso is expecting effective performance, transparency and accountability from Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the discharge of their functions.

It’s a giant step for sure. Most of the countries from developing region have been under constant threat of poverty, violence and political malice. Lack of transparency and innovation in administrative actions has been postponing their growth since years. Governor Kwankwaso’s mission to make education free for all is a landmark attempt as experts think that education is the key to development.