April 16, 2015
Although the Nigerian government is taking numerous steps to improve the education system in the nation, it seems that making education easily accessible to all still appears to be a distant dream. Why? The reason is Nigeria continues to make a notably poor appearance in the global ratings.
Nigeria Is Lagging Behind
In the recent Global Competitiveness Index for 2012/2013, a survey that analyses the quality of macroeconomic environment, the condition of national public institutions and their level of technological acceptance, Nigeria was ranked 148 among 196 nations and retained a 3.50 score. This same score was also recorded in the 2011/2012 review. The country is currently behind other African nations namely Cameroon (3.61); Ghana (3.65); Benin (3.78); Kenya (3.82); and South Africa (4.34).
According to the World Economic Forum, which conducted the study, the 3.50 score recorded by Nigeria is pretty low in the rating index, especially when compared to other African countries. Academic experts believe that this is a result of the void present in the existing educational system. Adeyemi Abdul-Rasaq, a research analyst, believes the unhealthy education sector in the country has created a huge gap in the development of technological progress. He made the comments based on the fact that none of the Nigerian universities appeared in the best 85 universities among the 7,000 globally recognised universities in the survey.
Hope For Learners
However, it should be noted that in the past few years, many organisations have taken the initiative to support the development efforts of the Nigerian education system. Moreover, they are actively assisting institutions and governments to improve the academic standards in the country. Usually these supports come through adoption of schools, renovations, investing in schools, scholarship programmes, teachers training programmes etc.
To help achieve the goal of education for all, Guinness Nigeria supported the development of technological education by offering sponsorship to 10 learners for a technical training programme at the Institute of Industrial Technology (IIT). Olumide Akinjo, Director of the Institute, said “The purpose of this programme is to use technical and vocational training to close the gap in educational development and we are happy to have an able supporter such as Guinness Nigeria Plc that have supported some our students towards achieving their dreams.”
Regarding the contribution of Guinness, company spokesperson Mrs. Nkiruka Ogboruche, commented that the company is always determined to support the aspirations and dreams of the youths and encourage them to become valuable members of society. She said “At Guinness Nigeria, we are always happy to be involved with worthy projects that can add tremendous value to the lives of Nigerians. This sort of support forms a core part of our community investment agenda and we will continue to support Nigeria and Nigerians through initiatives and activities that uplift them.”
Creating A Better Scenario
The support provided by Guinness has offered a chance to youths to achieve their goals. The fact remains that an effective and noteworthy shift, which assures support for vocational and technical institutions and the learners, has numerous benefits for the entire nation at large. This will result in the rise of a skilled generation of Nigerian youths who can eradicate the skill gap and add significant value to the economy.
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