The Federal Republic of Nigeria is located in West Africa. It borders Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. A former colony of Britain, Nigeria is a wealthy nation with an ample supply of gas and other natural resources.
Nigeria is culturally and tribally diverse. The true number of tribes that constitute the nation remains a blurry and topical issue. Nigeria is home to about 200 million people and is widely reported to be shared by 3 major tribes, namely: The Yorubas (Oduduwas). The Igbos (Biafrans). The Hausas (Northerners/Hausa/Fulani).
With the blessing of Good Things Foundation, IFB UK’s digital inclusion tour of Nigeria began on the 21st of January 2020. The team of 3 were only meant to be in Nigeria for 2 months, however, the team was caught up in the national lockdown and remained in Nigeria for another 4 months. Despite the lockdown in Nigeria, we were privileged to support educators, to support, their pupils and their parents. We had lots of fun too!!
The locals are friendly and the communities command a lot of respect and courtesy. During the 7-months tour of Nigeria, we supported 10 schools and over 150 teachers with digital inclusion and remote learning. We aim to continue our work in Nigeria in 2021. To this end, we welcome the Foreign Office’s Integrated Review and are keen to support with national goal and benefits realisation.
The UK and the Commonwealth
Our commitment to the Commonwealth was reinvigorated in the anticipated Integrated Review by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The Integrated Review is the product of a year of work that included government agencies and consultation with a wide range of external organisations and thinkers through a call for evidence. The call for evidence was initiated on the 13th of September 2020, and it is part of a wider effort to ensure the Integrated Review is informed by a strong and diverse evidence base.
Integrated Review Highlights: Education
In 2019, nearly 500 000 students chose to study in the UK, making the UK the second most popular destination for higher education and further study. Currently, 1 in 4 Heads of State or of Government studied in the United Kingdom and the British Council reaches over 100m people in over 100 countries.
We are delighted at the outcome and strongly believe that partnerships in the Commonwealth can no longer be taken lightly. It is absolutely essential that we actively continue to support and seek new ways to support our Commonwealth partners.
THE CASE FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT: NIGERIA
Nigeria is a popular country in Africa with graduates all over the globe. However, we found that the traders, educators, schools and organisations were ill-prepared for technology-adoption maturity. Our experience corroborates an earlier study conducted at LSE (London School of Economics) in 2019. The study found that Nigerian teens rely extensively on the mobile phone and the mobile internet for social connectivity, and social media is a decisive factor in the children’s happiness, relief from stress and boredom, and managing mental health. Yet teens still lack proper support in developing digital skills and avoiding risks online. Access the article via the London School of Economics website.
Read what the Integrated Review means to us at IFB Gaming, here.
- Education is a primary divider
- Most people are busy earning money and “living life”
- Basic information and digital literacy are barriers for many adults
- There are no opportunities for microlearning
- There are high levels of corruption
- Poor power and energy supply and infrastructures are poor or do not exist
- Unstable and unreliable internet connectivity is a national issue
- Declining security issues and tribal conflicts
- Poor and unreliable roads and transport system
The Case For Technology In Nigerian Classrooms
Our CEO’S Pledge To Save Education In Nigeria
The Integrated Review & Next Step
At IFB, the report’s findings support:
Continuity and Sustainability Planning – Something reassuring about knowing that there is support for our Commonwealth (West Africa) programme back at home in the UK. Connectivity and Reporting – Opportunity to once again align our activities and field operations to national goals and value systems. Cohesion & Integration – There is a lot of work going on in our communities but they often exist and achieve in silos ending up unreported
In 2021/22, we will
- Connect educators and schools to their British counterparts
- Empower new digital champions to empower their communities
- Forge new alliances with British Higher Education Institutions