18 Oct 2012

Introducing the 9JEducation Blog

Arise, O Compatriots

"To complement the efforts of government, l therefore urge all teachers, parents, guardians and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector to rise up and support the government in all its endeavours to enable the country achieve its target of transforming the education sector. "

-- Nigerian Minister of Education, Prof Ruqquyat Rufa’i

The Problem
Nigerian education system is a battle field claiming the lives of our young on a daily basis both
figuratively and literarily. Whether it be the deplorable state of facilities at public schools or loss of life (through the nefarious activities of cults as well as negligence of our Government in posting young graduates to states with a recent violent history).
  • 60% of students failed WAEC 
  • 55% of students failed JAMB 
  • Ranked 39 of 52 in human development area (which covers education) of the MO Ibrahim Index for Good Governance 
None of this is news to the people in our community though, we’re all aware of the numerous challenges in the educational sector including leadership at Federal Government level as per the lead in quote from the Minster of Education.

Our Contribution to a Solution 
9JEducation (pronounced: 9-Jay-Education) is an initiative led by the people of Fertile-Tech Business Systems (FTBS) as part of our commitment to giving back to the communities we do business in. Our goal is to provide online resources that will help young adults in their quest to pursue a quality tertiary education.

Some of the milestones we’ve achieved so far include:
  • A wiki that provides guides for students on how to get enrolled in a tertiary institution (both local and international) 
  • Student training sessions at a couple of universities in the south-west region of Nigeria
  • This blog, a place for discussions on issues pertaining to education. Our hope is to provide an eclectic mix of content ranging from campaigning for better Government policies to lighter topics like which campus host the best parties. 
  • A workstudy program that encourages students to work as teams and provides competitive incentives as a motivational tool. 

However like our Government we still have a lot of work to do on the initiatives listed above as well as those we have in the pipeline.

A Solution that epitomizes the phrase “It takes a village”
This post marks our exit from gathering content in stealth mode into the world of disseminating information aggressively through social media channels. In the process of gathering content online, the one thing that is evident is that there are numerous organizations and individuals within our community that continue to commit their resources towards addressing the educational challenges we face as a nation. More importantly there are lots of young adults within the educational system that are not daunted by these challenges, instead they forge ahead with a resilience born out of a determination to beat the odds and be successful.

We would like to connect with these organizations, individuals and students to learn what’s working for them, what issues they’re currently facing and to share our own stories as well. A better education for all students is surely a cause we can all agree demands our attention and we are confident that the more minds that are willing to tackle the challenges this sector faces, the larger the strides we’ll make as a Nation on this oh so critical issue.

Thanks for reading our very first post and we encourage you to provide us with feedback. More importantly, paraphrasing the minister of Education “we urge all teachers, parents, guardians and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector to rise up and support our students”.

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