The Nigerian education system is failing our kids by not preparing them adequately for the workplace of the future. The world is evolving very fast, and technology continues to shape business models across all sectors, creating new jobs and disposing of old ones at great pace.

However, the monolithic, underfunded education curriculum and training systems in the Nigerian education sector has fallen short of responding to this growing technological trend. This means that by the time they leave education, as many as two thirds of kids entering primary school today will not have the skills required to get a job.

That is why there is a rising number of unemployed youths in Nigeria, not that there are no jobs, but the individuals with the skills to fill these positions are but a few in number. This often leads to the outsourcing and paying of expatriates in foreign currencies, further depreciating the Naira. The impact will be worse for women who already have less than two-thirds of economic opportunity that men have.

What can we do to remedy this situation? TechQuest believes we should review the current STEM curriculum in the Nigerian education sector. The current curriculum is just tedious, and encourages memorization instead of practical study. There has been a sharp decrease in creativity in the classroom, and it gets worse year after year.

Teaching kids how to write computer programs and develop apps should go hand in hand with arithmetic, geometry and other subjects. It is the future. It is their future! The world has changed totally in the last decade, and the area with the most promising statistics of job creation is the ICT sector.
Schools, educators, and parents everywhere need to be promoting these kind of classes or we are going to be left in the dark.

 

“One hundred years ago, people were faced with the choice of learning to read or remaining illiterate laborers who would be left behind as have-nots in a rapidly modernizing world. In the coming century, being able to command a world that will be thoroughly computerized will set apart those who can live successfully in the future from those who will be utterly left behind.”
Yishan Wong – CEO, Reddit

 

Every student deserves the opportunity to learn computer programming. Coding can unlock creativity and open doors for an entire generation of Nigerian students. We need more coders — not just in the tech industry, but in every industry.
Here we are, 2017, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.