The statistics of the Nigerian education system reflects a broken education system that makes it difficult for Nigerian children to receive an excellent education, consequently making it impossible for them to fully realize their potential.
The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) in 2015 ranked Nigeria as the country with the highest number of out-of-school children, approximately 10.5 million, accounting for almost one in every five out-of-school children in the world. Despite that, 60% of the children enrolled in primary school are not learning. The quality of teaching and learning is so poor that many don’t go to secondary school, and of those that go to secondary school many can’t even read and write when they finish and only about 10% make it to the tertiary level. This has frightening consequences for the development of our country.
From access to enrollment and school completion rates, from quality to equity, a survey of the Nigerian educational scene reveals a series of disparities. With infrastructure and resources often in short supply, the curriculum is largely obsolete and content-focused. The quality of teachers is low, with unqualified primary teachers exceeding 40% of teaching staff. All these have negatively impacted student outcomes in Nigeria, posing all daunting constraints to educational equity.
The question is “How can we ensure all children in Nigeria, regardless of geographical location or socio-economic status have access to an excellent education to live to their fullest potential?”
At Teach for Nigeria, we believe that there is no single solution to a problem as complex and systemic as educational inequity. Addressing it requires many solutions, from many directions. While we cannot single-handedly solve these problems, we believe that we can act as a catalyst to build a formidable network of determined leaders who understand the root causes of inequity and are committed to challenging it.
Nigeria’s educational system is in crisis and this is why Teach for Nigeria exist.