Written by Godfrey AKON

Nigeria to adopt open schooling

The Nigerian Government is not sparing efforts to address the challenge of out-of-school children as it has commenced plans to integrate Open Schooling into the nation’s school system.

Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, said government is collaborating with the Common Wealth of Learning, CLO, to implement the new initiative.

Bobboyi spoke in Abuja at a meeting with the Committee on Open Schooling Programme in Nigeria, attended by heads of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC, among others.

Open schooling is the physical separation of the school-level learner from the teacher, and the use of unconventional teaching methodologies and information and communication technology, ICT, to bridge the separation and provide the education and training.

The UBEC boss said this method was working in different parts of the world, adding that when implemented the project will be either complementary or an alternative to the conventional school system, which can deliver quality education.

He said funding for the programme will be undertaken by partners from the Common Wealth of Learning who are already donating resources towards a successful implementation of the programme in the country.

“One idea is to ensure that we provide opportunities to our children wherever they are whether in the rural areas or other centres.

“Our partners from Common Wealth are even paying for the training, they are donating resources and offering Nigeria resources to ensure its success. Ours is to see how effectively we can integrate them into our system,” he said.

Bobboyi also charged institutions with the responsibility of basic education to rise up, stressing that having a child outside the school is something we must find a way to address.

Also speaking, the representative of the Common Wealth of Learning, Dr Tony Mays, said the Open Schooling would be an opportunity for Nigerian children to access an alternative means of learning without problem.

Mays noted that the initiative will open up other opportunities for learning and create significant impact in the country’s educational system.



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