The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says about 1.5 billion students in 188 countries are currently out of their classrooms with no timeframe as to when they might return and little or no resources to study through this period
Students across Nigeria’s formal educational plain contribute to over 1% of this number with about a hundred million waiting for this lockdown to speedily return ill-prepared to face examinations.
In spite of infrastructure challenges like internet access, data cost, power availability amongst others like the harsh economic realities of the pandemic, the Federal Government has directed university vice-chancellors to use online and virtual means to keep the students engaged. While a few universities in Africa can afford to migrate to virtual learning, most cannot afford to because they lack the capacity to do so.
Educational Tech (EdTech) companies in Africa should step up to help learners, teachers and other stakeholders in the educational industry to chart a new cause
There are various edtech companies providing a wide range of learning tools for primary, secondary and pre-university students across the continent and everyone will agree that the time is ripe for these startups to grow whether it is in brand awareness or user base.
School administrators, teachers, parents, students, government regulators and stakeholders like telecoms and tech startups need a rethink of how technology can be adapted for the education sector and open up conversations around homeschooling and after-school learning activities.