Educational Technology Solution in Nigeria
The Wikipedia conceptualized Education thus “an act or process of developing and cultivating (whether physically or mentally or morally) one’s mental activity or senses; the expansion, strengthening, and discipline of one’s mind, faculty, etc; the forming and regulation of principles and character in order to prepare and fit for any calling or business by systematic instruction”.
The emergence of ICT revolution in Nigeria has affected the development of educational technology in our institution of learning as there has been relative awareness of the vital role of information in nation building. The importance of education to human beings cannot be overemphasized. Globally, education is considered as a human right that should be accorded to all human beings, in facts it was the reason why a lot of international human right bodies consider education as a fundamental human right.
The first and perhaps the greatest challenge facing Nigeria and making it difficult for good quality education that is capable of bringing about sustainable development is inadequate funding by federal, state and local governments to the extent that funding has been in response to conditionalities imposed by international financial institutions(IFTs). The first step forward towards reviving the educational system lies in the hands of the government. Necessary steps need to be taken in order to restructure and save the sector. The unstable condition of teaching staff in Nigerian primary and secondary schools has drastically crippled the system, the condition of service does not favor them to stay in the profession as such looking always for an alternative.
The government at all levels needs to commit to the delivering of a competitive standard of education across the country and with other countries.
The teaching curriculum needs to be reviewed and updated. It needs to be more practical and research based. Teachers salaries must be reviewed and improved. Fair wages will also motivate teachers to do their job on a high-quality level. Also, there should be regular payments of teachers’ salaries. This will attract qualified and dedicated teachers to public schools and will change the attitude of young people towards the teaching profession and youth will study to become teachers. Affordability of education and funding of research programs: again, this factor is the sine qua non to the strengthening of the so called ‘leaders of tomorrow’ (youths). It is sad that some political opportunists still assume that education is a privileged, after two decades of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declaration that education is a right. We must all make deliberate efforts to improve the general well-being of school systems to safeguard our teeming youths from social vices. Funding of researchers will help us find cure or remedies to our environmental and endemic medical challenges that are plaguing our health.