Data is a luxury many families cannot afford but education is a necessity for Nigeria. Telecommunications firms must make exempt educational resources from data charges. The Nigerian government has announced that schools will reopen in the next phase of easing the Covid-19 lockdown. But for many children, nothing will change. According to the United Nations, 10.5 million of our 5 to 14-year-olds are not in school. One in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is a Nigerian.
And that was before COVID-19. These figures shame us. It must be acknowledged that no other nation faces the challenges we do when it comes to tackling this problem. In some areas economic barriers – the need for children to work to support their families – make education financially impossible for families. In others, school attendance is actively discouraged, especially for girls. In others, there is the impact of insurgencies which, according to the United Nations, have destroyed almost 500 classrooms and left another 1400 badly damaged.
But we can go some of the ways to addressing the educational impact of these vast challenges with technology.
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