Government Determined to Revitalise Nigeria’s Education Sector

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Education is perhaps the most essential tool for our personal development. It is only through education that you can develop your future and contribute towards the development of society. Thus governments, along with individuals, communities, corporations and charitable institutions, should work towards the development of education. By increasing investment in education, we can guide our children to become world leaders in the future. But many developing nations, like Nigeria, are currently under the grasp of illiteracy which is hampering the social and economic development of the country. However, Nigeria is taking several steps to counter the situation and make education accessible to all children.

Educational Development in Nigeria

Recently in the 20th Nigeria Economic Summit, Vice President Namadi Sambo has requested collaborators and stakeholders to join the national government in dealing with challenges in education. The stakeholders offered various solutions for transforming Nigeria’s education sector at the summit conducted by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the National Planning Commission. Sambo believes that this transformation can be possible only through the combined efforts of the Government, the private sector, the leadership of the States, development partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and even parents.

The federal administration is focussed on modifying the education sector as it is a major factor in positioning Nigeria among the 20 leading global economies by 2020.

Vice President Sambo said, “Several policy initiatives are being implemented to facilitate and improve adult literacy and school enrolment at all levels of our educational institutions. We intend to develop a skilled workforce which will be able to drive the development of the Nigerian economy, drive change and innovation and ensure that Nigeria attains her rightful place in the comity of nations. This is consistent with our aspiration of becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by year 2020.”

Collaboration of Stakeholders

It is important that different parties co-operate and collaborate with each other. Thus teachers, education experts, business community members and the private sector should engage in productive dialogue in order to make sure that the strategic plan is implemented effectively. A well developed education system is the foundation of a modern nation as it helps to create a culture of learning and improves acceptance of modern ideas. This helps the people of a country to develop various skills, gain relevant knowledge and adopt values which help them to reach their true potential.

Frank Nweke, director-general of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, said “The Nigerian education sector is in dire straits and requires both public and private sector intervention, if the country is to fulfil its potential as not only a regional powerhouse, but as a global player.”

Future of Nigeria’s Education

Nigeria is now getting set to address the challenges of the education sector and reach the standards followed in other developed nations. In 2011, the Presidential Task force on Education was launched which marked the first prominent step in achieving the goals of improving the sector. Vice President Namadi Sambo indicated that the private sector is ready and willing to facilitate the government at various levels in order to re-position the national education system.

If the education system of a country is faltering then national development and growth becomes doubtful. Thus the federal government is now determined to facilitate the extensive reforms that will be needed to re-position the country in the world map.

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UNITAR Offers Lots of Course Options to Participants in Online Training Programmes

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United Nations has launched an online training programme, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), offering online training courses in international trade, financial management and intellectual property. Finance and trade professionals and officials, belonging to developing and least developed countries and economies, can take part in the training programme.

More than 10,000 officials especially from developing countries have benefitted from these courses since the inception of online courses in 2003. Officials and professionals have golden opportunities to become a trainee with UN through its new online training programme, UNITAR.

Until now, United Nations has been concerned with maintaining peace, generating employment and ensuring health programmes around the world, but the organization is now promoting training and research programmes too.

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Aim of UNITAR

United Nations Institute for Training and Research is committed to provide pioneering e-learning courses by imminent experts in an interactive and flexible manner. These e-learning courses let professionals and officials interact with other participants, exchange ideas, and resolve queries through the facilitators from different backgrounds. International experts with thorough understanding of modern issues and challenges are involved in moderation of each course. The real-time experiences of experts let participants expand pragmatic and relevant insights on the modern subject issues.

Though UNITAR has been introduced this year, 2014, itself, it has already covered the level of ground work. The highly advanced online training programmes, created by notable educationists, are testimony to this fact. Each of the courses is designed to promote valuable interaction among the participants and retain their interest throughout. In fact, the training courses aim to offer participants clear picture of the real-time challenges in just 6 weeks of time, after which successful participants are given a certificate of completion from UNITAR.

Increase in the number of online courses in Sub-Saharan Africa

When it comes to popularity and rise in demands of online courses and training programmes, Sub-Saharan African countries are no less than their counterparts in other part of the world. Over the past 5 years, an increase of 390 percent in the number of online courses has been recorded across the Sub-Saharan African region. Out of all, more than 30 percent of beneficiaries come from Africa, 24 percent from Asia Pacific, whereas Latin America and the Caribbean share 14 percent. More than 25,000 participants every year benefit from the training and capacity development activities.

Highly sought-after online training courses from UNITAR

For the current academic calendar, some highly sought-after courses have been included. These courses include Financial Negotiation, Financial Governance/Management, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Risk Management, Trade and Intellectual Property, and Debt Management and Poverty Reduction, as well.

How will UNITAR help prospective participants from Nigeria?

As the United Nations Institute for Training and Research is basically aimed to provide quality training and research programmes to the developing and least developed economies, it is going to be of great help to the Nigerian students looking for ways and means to gain credible certificates to join in the big corporations. With some highly popular courses in the list, Nigerian students will surely find it appealing and useful to receive certificate of completion from UNITAR.

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Distance Education Helps Nigerian Education Sector

The education sector is important in every country. Whether it is a developed, developing, or under developed nation is irrelevant. That is because education is the backbone of every country, no matter what state it is in, and it is education that can solely help improve the current conditions.

nigeria-esspinMore people with a higher education results in better educators. The quality of teacher is one of the most important factors in raising the bar of education in a country. Good teachers can inspire their students not only to do well academically, but to become better human beings. This helps to uplift the educational as well as social situation of a country. Better educated, well guided students make informed choices. Otherwise, left to their own devices, they would make choices that were poor for both them and their families.

Educated individuals also make well thought out political choices. They are not easily swayed by false promises or the threat of brute force. Such individuals will not only vote a better country into being, but they will also make better politicians who can make their country a better place. One of the best ways to do this is by improving educational choices in the country. Thereby the currently improved sector can possibly flourish in a decade or two.

A great example of this is Nigeria, where the country and the educational sector itself have improved over the years. A country is not just a geographical territory. It is made of its peoples. The social, economic, political well being of the country lies in the hands of its people. When its people are knowledgeable, the country will prosper.

Educated individuals are also workers with a higher skill level. They can actually make a career instead of working the same job for their whole life. A global degree allows them to be eligible to work abroad too. When some of them come back with this new wealth of international experience, this too helps the country grow and thereby move forward.

Distance education has been particularly beneficial in the Nigerian education sector because it allows the youth to work and study together. As a developing country, Nigeria needs a large force and many young Nigerians too cannot afford to not work and only study. Online education allows them to plan their studies around their work schedules. Also by working and studying together, students who opt for distance education get to put to practice the theories that they learn from their teachers.

Students in Nigeria can choose to study, Business, Management, Finance, Law, Tourism and Hospitality, Health and Psychology, Media Studies, Computers etc. There is something to suit every kind of student. Moreover, not only can students complete their undergraduate studies online, they can do their master’s through the distance education mode too. If you’re interested to know more about distance education in Nigeria, log on to the internet to read more about it.

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