January 28, 2014
As technology is evolving with time, it is becoming friendlier and life saviour for people around the globe. Most importantly, the people residing in Africa and nearby places are the ones who are getting mostly aided. Africa, very surprisingly, has become the topmost country in adopting online education.
The expected growth of online education in the continent in almost 15.2% and Senegal is the highest among them with 30.4% growth in e-learning. This kind of rapid acceptance of online learning in Africa surely proves one thing that the future of education is quite bright there. Along with the improvement in the field of education, there will be reduction in poverty, health stature will be improved and also there will be emancipation of women.
MOOCs in Africa
The first ever MOOC in Africa has been developed by the African Management Initiative (AMI). It is primarily aimed at providing different courses to the learners to polish their basic skills in management. The name of the MOOC is Launchpad and it is in partnership with the South African Gordon Institute of Business Science. Now, the AMI will try to acquire more funds in order to design courses in partnership with the Strathmore Business School on Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos Business School in Nigeria.
Rebecca Harrison, the developer of MOOCs at AMI, says, “We want to make it as engaging as possible, but also low bandwidth.” According to a report by the eLearning Africa conference in the month of May’2013 has found out that the rise in MOOCs will be one of the most amazing changes in the online education scenario in Africa.
Online degree providers!
Apart from Africa’s own MOOC, there are a number of other international distance degree providers which can work as wonder for the aspiring learners in Africa. They have degree courses from the most reputed universities worldwide and therefore, the learners in Africa will get much more exposure in an international basis.
E-learning is a gateway to healthier lifestyle in Africa!
Higher education is something which is necessary for everyone not only in order to further in their career goals but also for their sound mental and physical health. It is seen that the ones with a higher education degree leads a very balanced and healthy lifestyle. In fact, studies in 2012 have shown that people with just a high school diploma smokes 17% more than the ones with a Master’s degree. Higher education makes one think on a broader perspective and this way the person becomes perfect to dwell in the society.
It is true that Africa suffered a lot, both financially as well as the education scenario wasn’t good at all. There were no better resources in the schools and colleges and the learners had to worry much about getting a degree and most of the times they had to leave hopes of acquiring a degree for them. Online learning then became their saviour and offered them with courses and degrees which they have wanted forever.
January 17, 2014
If you know how to connect, contribute and converse through online you have managed to learn nearly fifty percent of a prestigious degree programme. Yes, people signing up for online courses are learning via participating in debates, discussions and dialogues. They submit their assignments, sit for exams and earn a degree at home. With education online you have a brand new system of knowledge enhancement right a click away!
Why is it being preferred?
Let’s talk about the reason as why virtual classes have become the favourite destination of the learners around the world! Does that mean that our years old educational system had inevitable flaws? Or it’s just a behavioral trend to remain competitive in the present world?
Learn and earn simultaneously: Knowledge today is essential to develop, achieve and maintain an impressive career diagram. Gone are the days when prospect came along with experience. Certified knowledge from a renowned university is equally important in today’s world to accomplish the professional goals. Employers these days prefer staffs with good academic background as they ascertain apt knowledge about the industry, innovative ideas and decision making qualities. With the option to learn whenever and wherever you want, people now enhance practical experience and valuable degrees at the same time.
Be independent with a liberal system: In addition to that, higher learning environment provides you option to play with many different ideas that encourage freedom of thought. Entrepreneur skills all over the world have received a boost as universities started providing MBA degrees online. Business studies with online course are no more limited to a small section of affluent people. Many prestigious universities have come up with various degrees in business studies to hone up the leadership skills of the world.
Invite prospect with degrees: As you accomplish higher learning goals you ascertain a flourishing career for yourself. Don’t anymore let your juniors take better positions in your company and you wait for years for a pay raise or promotion. Your mediocre academic profile that has been postponing your prosperity so far has an easy way out from stagnancy. With online education today you have the opportunity to attain degrees from world class institutions and that too without any professional and personal commitments.
Affordable and flexible mode of study: The expenses of higher studies seem financial burden to many. The huge expenditure, loan debts and full-time engagement are the main reasons why people from low-income group have always avoided studying for higher degrees. With education online you don’t need to give up your professional commitments. In addition to that with various reasonable options and free access to course materials, the online education is the most affordable and convenient mode of study for the recent world.
Earn degrees from anywhere: With online mode of study you have the opportunity to learn at home. A range of renowned universities are offering online curriculum to reach students who have been deprived of knowledge for physical, financial, social or geographical reasons. So, it’s a big opportunity for the people from developing regions who were bereft of education owing to reasons like lack of proper resources, governmental policies or social turbulence. For instance, students from Nigeria are being hugely benefitted as most of them couldn’t avail higher education for financial and infrastructural predicaments. With online universities, Nigerian citizens are gaining knowledge and expertise in a wide array of industries ranging from information technology to management studies.
United Kingdom has always been preferred by the knowledge hunters across the world. So, when the most desired learning institutions came forward and made online study from UK available for everybody it turned out to be a godsend for the deprived ones. It is because…
- UK Online Study rewards you with a degree accredited across the world.
- You get guidance from the world class experts.
- Some UK based providers offer you degree at a price more than fifty percent less than that of regular courses.
- Learning methods utilizing cutting-edge tools and platforms assure of an effective learning atmosphere. Moreover, with UK Online Study you can enjoy your classes through iPhone, iPad, and laptops.
Online education has become more and more popular and the learners of 21 century discovered it as the most viable way to earn knowledge and skills. The credit goes to technological development that has made education possible outside the restricted foursquare system. But learning is not only about exams, assignments and scores. Visiting campus provides you the opportunity to reveal yourself in front of the world, gain confidence from the encouragement of your peers and think more independently through the debates with tutors. The recent developments are striving hard to make sure that your online experience is no less thrilling than the student of traditional courses. And with an influential resume you earn a more confident, energetic, and skilled you as you complete your classes.
January 16, 2014
The year 2013 would be forever remembered as the year of turmoil in education sector in Nigeria. In 2013, all the major unions related to education sector made everything upside down, resulting in students, parents and the whole country to experience an atmosphere of frustration with government. In short, there has been a surging negativity prevailed on the Nigerian education in 2013.
Indefinite Strike by Academic Staff Union of University
First, there was a six-month long dismal contention by the Academic Staff Union of University, ASSU, regarding the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement the union and the Federal government. A major move within the period of strike was the removal of the Education Minister, Ruqayyatu Rufai, in a big reshuffle of the cabinet. And, immediately she joined ASUU, taking its stance to press Federal Government with their unrealized demands. President Goodluck Jonathan supplanted the sacked Minister with Nyesom Wike, who was the Minister of State for Education then.
Another Massive Strike by Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic
Then, there was another strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, which commenced on 16 July and went on for two long months. That was, however, not all. On the 4th of October the union again started the strike. On December 17th the Federal Government announced that it had already met 80 percent of the demands they raised.
Boko Haram Terrorist Attack on School
That was not enough! In September, Boko Haram terrorists launched violent attack on the College of agriculture, Yobe State. The vicious act took its toll in killing of an unspecified number of students. Such a heinous crime it was that at the time when most of these students were asleep in their dormitory, the attackers started firing on them. Then, the terrorists set fire to the dormitories and classrooms. After the incident the institution remained closed for 10 weeks.
Accidental Demise of NANS Senate President
On June 13, NANS Senate President, Donald Onukaogu, and a few others met an auto crash on their way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, and died.
N15.72 billion million for bilingual education from Islamic Development Bank
The Federal Government and the Islamic Development Bank signed a $98 million (N15.72 billion) bilingual education deal for the schools of Alamjiri. The deal was targeted on educate the people of the country with Alamjiri system. The money has been planned in using to diminish the gap between formal and non-formal education.
Within such disturbance-reigned atmosphere Nigerian education sector was striving to regain a healthy environment to think on vast developments that have yet to be done in the country. What is most hopeful for the country is that many renowned education providers and universities of educationally developed countries have started flocking at Nigerian education scenario, which if exploited fully can start a new beginning in the country’s progress. Nigerian people have to be more aware of the latest ongoing taken place in education sector, and how they can make the most out of these beneficial grounds.