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I believe e-learning shud be the way, but my question is, are ripe for it, how many schools in Nigeria can afford it?
Well i think this pandemic is an eye opener for everyone especially africans.
We are quick to copy life styles, dress sense, inshort the general way of living of the western world but fail to copy their educational advanvcement.
Many schools in african countries are on lock down because of this panademic, it’s like we are hit as much as the western countries, but they have carried learning online. Classes still continue online, but over here our kids are just at home watching movies, replying watsapp messages and facebooking.
If the educational system is reformed, and E-learning is encouraged or adopted, it will go a long way in helping our children.
The effect of learning is to give us knowledge and experience.
E-learning is a great approach to learning. It will not only make the student and teachers to be on their toes and bring creativity into the virtual classroom, it will encourage versatility. Publishers will also strive to research for better applications and user interface to make learning fun.
Nevertheless, I feel e-learning in Africa is faced by challenges ranging from sporadic power supply to unavailability of internet access for both students and teachers. Until these challenges are addressed, the beauty of e-learning will not be appreciated.
The impacts of E- learning in Africa on both teachers, students and publishers cannot be felt much and visible now because of the following reasons:
- No enabling condition & environment for its operations in Africa, How many facilities are put in place in schools (both private & public educational institutions) in Africa?. Nothing.
- Lack of constant power supply
3.Poor networks & exploitation from mobile network providers.
- Family poverty levels are alarming.
- Lack of qualified & trained teachers
All the above reasons hinder the operations of e-learning in Africa
It is therefore disgusting that our leaders in Africa would send their children to abroad where all these could not be found and their children learn under favourable conditions which are not available in our African countries.They could go abroad to copy how to steal monies from their countries,but they see all those beautiful things that make life better & comfortable for human beings, it becomes an abominations in their father land. How do we reconcile this?. For e-learning to work in Africa and get positive impacts in Africa, African governments rise up to their responsibilities to create an enabling environment, engage private initiatives, and re-position their mindsets & attitudes for emancipation of e-learning that will life better for the stakeholders involved in education sector.
On the other hand ,if e-learning works perfectly in Africa with this covid-19 war, many teachers would lose their jobs because many not acquired the online skills in teaching, it would have compelled students to involve in intensive researches, while reduction in sales of books for publishers and that means loss of income.
Thanks. You have spoken well. Africa is not prepared for E-learning yet.
What African governments should do now to overcome the negative impacts of covid 19 as it affects the effective of e-learning in Africa is to declare a stage of emergency in the educational sector, and build infrastructural facilities that will provide accessibility for all cadres of educational institutions to make our children and the youth catch up with global education standard practices