by Olanrewaju Eweniyi
One of the poorest sectors of Nigeria’s economy is education. Our country has one of the highest numbers of out-of-school children in the world, according to the Global Monitoring Report (GMR). The number of schools, facilities and teachers available for even the most basic education remain inadequate for the eligible number of children and youths. And the ones who make it to school are plagued with substandard teaching, infrastructure and a curriculum that has not changed in decades.
Students writing exams in a government secondary school in Nigeria (Photo: Vanguard)
Basically, if you want a decent education in Nigeria, you have to take it. By yourself. The government, your school (private or public), your lecturers – none of them will give it to you. And I haven’t even begun to speak about the equality of education. Nigeria’s smartphone and internet penetration are now at an all time high, and one of the best things to come out of that is the fact that we can now study with better teaching and curriculum over the internet.
Universities all over the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These online courses are called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. Over the past 6 years, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs; and just in the past three months alone, over 200 universities have announced 600 such free online courses.
The courses cut across Computer Science, Mathematics, Programming, Data Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education & Teaching, Health & Medicine, Business, Personal Development, Engineering, Art & Design, and Science.
And even better new, many of the courses are completely self-paced, so you can start taking them at your convenience. Like I said before, as Nigerian youth, now is the time to take our educational destinies into our own hands. It’s quite obvious that we’re on our own.