Written by Godfrey AKON

FG backs NOUN’s expansion to African countries

Plans by the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, to broaden its reach to other African countries have received the full support of the Federal Government.

 Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, made this known at a meeting with the President and Board members of the African Council for Distant Education, ACDE, recently held in Abuja.

Anwukah assured that Ministry of Education will give the necessary support towards NOUN’s out-reaches to other African regions, as well as send a representative to the forth-coming Open and Distance Learning, ODL, Assembly proposed to hold in Mozambique in May, 2018.

Earlier, the President of ACDE, Prof Abdelraouf Ahmed Abbas Elbadawi, said hosting the 1st ACDE Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency, QAAA, in 2009 at the National Open University of Nigeria, climaxed in the production of a Toolkit available in all main African languages.

Also speaking, the Vice chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, said NOUN was the best in all ramifications, pointing out that it has the largest number of students drawn from African countries.

Adamu noted that NOUN has a leading role in academic excellence and has taken pains to give excellent services to its students.

“It is only natural that the NOUN takes the lead in creating the African focus while solving African problems in an African context”, he said.

He further disclosed that against all odds, a young woman from one of the internally displaced persons, IDPs, camps in Adamawa state, recently graduated with a 1st class honours from NOUN, adding that NOUN has been involved in Open and Distance Learning, ODL, assembly’s regional activities.

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