27 March 2008

Nigeria: Country Partners Commonwealth on Distance Learning

Education Minister Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu says Nigeria will partner with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in developing its distance learning programmes.

Aja-Nwachukwu stated this in Abuja, when he received the Vice President of COL, Prof. Asha Kanwar during a visit to the Ministry.

COL is 'think tank' for the 52 former British colonies founded in the 1980s to promote access to education through distance learning and capacity-building.

The minister said Nigeria is happy to be associated with COL.

"We would therefore maximise the benefits of open and distance learning as tool for realising objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)", he said.

According to him "with an educated population through increased access to all levels of education, we will eradicate illiteracy.

"We could also reduce child and maternal mortality, and provide employment, among others, he added.

Aja-Nwachukwu said Nigeria would establish open polytechnic and open secondary schools to expand access to education for the nation's youths.

He promised that Nigeria would remit its outstanding two years contributions to the organisation as soon as the budget is signed by the president.

Vice President of COL, Kanwar said they are intervening in teacher education through capacity-building with the National Teachers Institute (NTI).

She said COL is also building information and communication technology capacity of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).


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