Embracing Adolescent Girl Education, World Bank To Invest $2.5 Billion

Education is the key which can unlock the possibilities of development and progress. Realising this fact, education policies of different the countries are carefully formulated to ensure their citizens have access to quality education. However, poverty and lack of commitment towards citizens have restricted millions to participate in learning.

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The case is even more daunting for girls. The girls education is the issue that has made leaders of the world the organisations to collectively improve the situation. According to reports globally there are 62 million girls who are out of school. According to the World Bank, there is 18% growth related to the earning power in future of the girls with the education of the secondary school, every year.

According to the study, the girls education has assorted impact. It revealed that educated women have better healthy life, involve more into the job market, make more earning, give less birth to children, late marriage and give improved education and health facility to their child.

Understanding the power of girl education, the World Bank has decided to fund $2.5 billion for educating adolescent girls. Read on.

Investing In Girls Education

For the adolescent girls aged between 12-17, the World bank will invest $2.5 billion till 20-20. It’s anticipated that almost 75% of the funded by the International Development Association (IDA). The IDA, the World Bank Group will invest in poverty stricken nations where most girls are out of schools, predominantly in the South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The programme will focus on a number of endeavours for providing standard education access at secondary schools for the adolescent girls, this is to make sure that girls enrol in schools and culminate the secondary level education. The programme will provide scholarships, provisional transfers of cash. Besides, the programme will also concentrate on improving the cardinal resources which will include toilets and clean drinking water in schools.

The Commitment

In the IMF Spring Meetings of World Bank Group, the President of World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim said, “Empowering and educating adolescent girls is one of the best ways to stop poverty from being passed from generation to generation, and can be transformational for entire societies. This increased funding will help provide countries, especially in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with the tools to expand access to quality education so that all adolescent girls can go to school and reach their full potential.”

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States said, “This isn’t just a breathtaking investment of resources, it’s also a powerful statement of mission – it’s an expression of our belief in the power of education to transform the lives and prospects of millions of girls worldwide – as well as the prospects of their families, communities and countries. The evidence is very clear: when we invest in girls’ education, and we embrace women in our workforce, that doesn’t just benefit them, it benefits all of us.”

Contribution

The initiative to fund the girls education will have the far reaching socio-economic impact on the growth of the countries. This in the wider spectrum will contribute towards the economic sustainability of the millions of women who will have the equal opportunity to stand their prospect in the self- enhancement. This further will allow women to play the crucial role towards the global economic development.

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UNESCO Eyes Nigeria for Sustainable Development Goal 4 Campaign

The Hope -Jon International School located in Karu in the Nasarawa State has been selected as the first institute by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the campaign of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) in Nigeria. The concept of the campaign is “Education Solution, Education First Initiative-Embracing SDG-4.’’

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The SDG is set of target adopted by the nations to eradicate poverty, prosperity for all and to secure the planet. These goals were adopted dated 25th September 2015 and every set purpose has the particular aim which is supposed to obtain in coming 15 years.

The Concern

Many are in the opinion that the SDG4 campaign will boost the efforts to enhance the education facilities and quality in Nigeria. Despite of measures were undertaken by the government, 10.4 million Nigerian children are still out of schools. World has total 57 million children who are out of school. And from the figure it’s evident that Nigeria has reason to worry.

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Educationalists fear that this might result in the widening of the gap of accessing education between the rich and poor peoples in the Nigerian society. Lack of education will lead to unemployment. And this might disrupt the socio-economic balance of Nigeria.

But how will this 10.4 million children will receive education? Does Nigeria have a sufficient number of schools to accommodate huge number of students? There are several other questions that might give administrators sleepless night. Most of the schools in Nigeria have been overfull with students. Besides, there is lack of modern education facilities including an insufficient number of trained teachers.

The Way Out

Nigerian Government has to take steps for building new schools. And just constructing schools should not be the only thing. This time, schools should be availed with all the modern facilities, technologies, computer systems and others.

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To initiate this programme, the government should collaborate with all the stakeholders of the education system in the country. And if required the should opt for public-private partnership model to fund the programme.

Poverty is one major reason that force families to send their children to earn money rather than earning knowledge in the classroom. The government should ensure that families send their children to school for their future.

Though many families might claim if their child will not earn than how their family would run. For such families government should initiate the online education programme. Here, the children will be provided with device and internet access and this would be restricted to learning purpose only.

SDG4 in Nigeria

Director of Professional Education at UNESCO Centre for Global Education (UNESCOCFORGE), UK, Mrs Caroline Oseghale said, “It is a project of UNESCOCFORGE and Pan-African Youth Parliament (IPAYP).We chose the school to kick off the campaign; we are creating awareness; this is the first school we are having this in Nigeria. We are going to do a lot of advocacy to make sure other schools follow.”

According to Education Solution’s Campaign Director Obinna Sixtus, SDG placed high premium on quality and free education for boys and girls. He further added, “We suggest that culture should be in our education curriculum; it is culture that will bind us together not politics.”

The Opportunity

The SDG4 is designed to drive the system to achieve the real purpose. With support coming from different channels, the government should capitalise the assistance. This possibly is the best scope when Nigerian administrators can seek collaboration for digitisation and enhancement of education in the country. Besides, the school selected for the SDG4 Campaign should also come to forefront assisting the government to formulate the design where students will engage in real learning.

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Planning career in management? Here is how MBA can help you to follow your goal

Planning career can give stress. This not only is happening with you. There are hundred and thousands like you, who are thinking of career shift or planning to make the career in management. Many chose MBA pathway to fast track their master degree programme. This way students complete the course early compare to the regular duration of the course. Besides, since the management career is high in demand, many prefer likewise courses that will help them to culminate learning early. No surprise that similar online courses have become popular among students.

Suitable Time For MBA

Do students remain in the dilemma- when to enrol for MBA? The answer would be- one should take MBA when he/she would require the degree to advance the career. However, things may not be easy. Undergraduates still in college, should remain clear regarding why they want to pursue MBA, post bachelor’s studies. They should note that decent years of experience with MBA degree make the valuable impact. Whereas, taking MBA without any job exposure may make you let you struggle the bit more to hunt down a job. There is online course pathway for MBA which will allow fresh graduate students to work and gain experience and take business management studies simultaneously.

In case one is still confused and not sure when is the time to enrol to MBA than they can visit career and job placement counsellors. Moreover, there is some magazine like U.S News, Success and World Report, Business Week and others which can guide learners further.

Trends Of Enrolment To MBA

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The National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that in 2000 there were 100,000 MBAs compare to the 5000 MBAs in 1960. And currently average 150,000 MBAs pass out annually. The trend suggests that enrolment to MBA course are determined by the economy. During the slowdown of the economy affected the employee, staffs and students enrol to MBA in the hope that it’ll provide them with the solid foundation in the walk of their career. Hence, online distance MBA pathway programmes are valued which help them to advance to masters of business administration course.

MBA Categories

There are different areas of studies in a specialised MBA programme. One can select one among the different types among several. However, there are instances where students take dual specialisation. Let’s check the different specialised MBA courses:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • HR
  • Information Technology
  • Project Management

However with an online platform, the variety of MBA specialisation is not restricted to the above five only. Besides there are general MBA courses which deal with the comprehensive study of all the crucial aspects of the business and management like- Accounting, Economics, Quantitative analysis, Organisational behaviour, Marketing and others. Many professionals take pathway for MBA to boost their career while balancing their job and study.

MBA offer better..

Yes, it’s true. There are thousands probably millions who have earned the better role in the management of the organisations. They are well paid and enjoy respectable position within the companies with the power to influence decisions. Executive working in the organisation are in the opinion that MBA does help individuals to hold the key skills and knowledge that aid them to earn the position they seek to earn. This overall help them to improve the standard of life by enabling one to balance their professional and personal life.

Scope

There are ample possibilities with MBA in the career. One thing that I feel never goes wasted is the skill. Every skill is important according to its requirement in the varied industry. Business and management skill are the most crucial element to run organisation. And this artifice will further be in demand. That makes me say- more opportunity for MBA degree holders.

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Nigeria: The Outlook And Commitment For Quality Education

Knowledge is absolute. It helps us to acquire know-how of multiple things around us. And in-depth studies help us to make innovation. In simple word, education is an essential part of human life. That’s why in the real life value of education is extreme. Nigeria needs to realise this fact. It has create the opportunity and platform so that youth of the country does not remain illiterate. This would make sure that the future of the country remains at the safe hands of the educated Nigerians. But to translate this dream into reality would require better and collective effort.

Overall Growth Of Children

Education for Nigerian children is impeccable. It would shape their mind with strong skills, build positive attitude, teach them values and make them knowledgeable. This would ensure that is Nigeria is capable of producing able and responsible citizens who can stand before any given tasks or challenges.

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The international educational expert and Principal at Olashore International School Derek Smith, says “We believe in academic excellence. It is the bedrock of what the school stands for. We also have a unique and seamless blend of education and technology and we recently introduced the use of iPads by both teachers and students in the classroom. By the time we add other activities such as music, drama, discipline, leadership and the likes, we will have taken secondary school education in Nigeria to levels never reached before.”

Regarding the need of the focus Smith believes, “while there is paramount need to manage Nigeria’s oil resources more efficiently and create more wealth opportunities, there is an even greater need to invest more in education, especially because it is less obvious or less glamorous. Countries that are paying priority to education, have been able to create a steady stream of human capital that are managing all other aspects of the economy and indeed society.”

The Real Picture

The majority of the Nigerian population lives in rural area. But if we consider the facilities in the area it would be the utter disappointment. Many things could have been done in all the years we have left behind. But still we find the lack of commitment towards facilitating. And the outcome is- rising unemployment in the rural areas, the increase in crime, child labour, poverty and others which are bug hurdle for the achievement of the development of the Nigeria. And when we think about schools in rural areas, it’s no less than the nightmare. The schools have the lack of basic infrastructures like open classrooms with damaged walls, inadequate teachers, library facility, lack of academic employees no sufficient table and chairs, insufficient computer labs with web access etc.

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To attain the goal to make Nigeria a strong nation education facilitation in the rural area needs great transformation modern education system. Before the country remains behind from the rest of the nations of the world strong measures are required to be taken immediately without further delay.

Joint Effort

Nigeria had enough compromised with the fate of its development. It cannot afford to bear casual approach to making things right. The world is moving fast and Nigeria needs to keep the development with the pace of the global standard. Countries around the world are making advancement in the field of science & technology, health, education and others areas whereas things in Nigeria are still not right. Time has come that government and other stakeholders jointly make the effort to make the country efficient from every perspective and earn its deserving reputation in the global map.

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Impact of Instructional Technology on Global Learning

Now days technology is the other name for global learning. Everywhere we look at is an effect of technology. The teachers will be taught the use of the new and upcoming software so that they can use them to impart education effectively. Students who are professionals can learn with ease with the effects of technical learning. Most of the colleges and schools these days take the help of Instructional training which simplifies the process of learning. The students as well as the educators both which have been claimed to inadequate training can be benefitted by the way of education since the online learning and training includes interactive way to teach. Recently, the Department of Education have announced that 13 states are going to take part in their Go Open Initiative in order to launch technical learning around open educational resources. Let us see how.!

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State’s Initiative To Go Open With Online Learning

The Department of Education have announced that 13 states are going to take part in their Go Open Initiative in order to launch technical learning around open educational resources. The Educational Secretary, John King in an attempt to sell the open educational resources during a House Education and Workforce Committee, said that the states are going to abandon their textbooks in order to welcome technical and instructional way of learning. The said initiative referred to as GO Open was initially launched in the month of October when the attempt was not that much of success since the majority of districts never wished to participate. The states which have agreed to to take part in the said mission this time include Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. They will adopt Blanket Technology strategy. This will help the teachers to customize the study materials according to the need of the students and develop a repository solution for the openly licensed resources. “States are powerful collaborators in supporting and scaling innovation,” said Joseph South, the director of the office of Educational Technology.

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The strategy will enhance equality and democracy in education. Education will be globalised. More and more students will be able to view, use and share the contents they get as a part of learning through digital education. The LTI app will be introduced by Microsoft that will help both the learners and the students to access OER from within different learning management systems(LMS) and published platforms.

Instruct The Teachers To Use Technology in Learning?

More and more educators and the teachers should be taught the effective use of technology in learning so that they can impart education efficiently besides training them with new and updated tools. Though there have been innumerable education apps, laptops and lesson plans, a large number of teachers are still taking the help of traditional classroom training leaving a few. Therefore, keeping in mind the adversity of the situation, the private groups have instructed the teachers to use technology in education.

“There’s a real hunger out there about how do I get better at my craft? But there aren’t clear mechanisms for that to occur in a dependable way,” said Jeff Liberty, the senior director of teacher development initiatives at Better Lesson.

It has been found out that besides being the technologies available in large number and the updated tools ready, many of the educators are still seeking the traditional way. The reasons to which have been claimed to inadequate training.

A recent survey of 2015 says that more than 90 percent of the teachers admit that the use of technology in education is effective source of learning. However, they stay behind due to lack of training. Teachers who spend their time teaching online find ways to learn new tools, surf educational videos on You Tube as well as can troll Tweeter chats. Right at this point of time a non profit private group have come to being in order to help train the teachers with proper and updated tools to enhance learning. Personnels from different organisations teach the educators with powerpoint tools while some with word and excel.

Overall, what they said is you need to have that passion to succeed and you will be through.

Education Technology To Boost Learning?

As technology have modernised, more have been the growth of the learners who are tech savvy. They can no longer be kept happy with the shows they watch on television but they want to interact with new apps and videos online. Have you noticed your child more interested in  video games than to watch the same that aries on television? Here’s where technology has worked.

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The childhood educational resource Story bots, founded in 2012 have launched enough personalised content for children between ages 3-8. The app uses the child’s photo for customization. Now, in the recent times, more than 1000 teachers use the educational app to train the kids worldwide. The app contains digital library that includes millions of information regarding various subjects of the students interest. Videos, Ebooks and games have eased the way of learning that effects the intelligence of the learners.

Inference Gathered

Instructional technology or online training enhances learning globally. Now days technology is the other name for global learning. Everywhere we look at is an effect of technology. The teachers will be taught the use of the new and upcoming software so that they can use them to impart education effectively. Students who are professionals can learn with ease with the effects of technical learning. Most of the colleges and schools these days take the help of Instructional training which simplifies the process of learning. The students as well as the educators both can be benefitted by the way of education since the online learning and training includes interactive way to teach. Online education has reached to a new level once the technologies have stepped ahead. Long ago the schools and colleges had taken initiative to instill online form of learning in the brick and motor structures. They mainly called it blended learning. With the advancement in technologies, M-learning facilities, colleges have taken recourse to MOOCs, a massive open online course, to deliver training and open path for degree courses.

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What Is The Novel Pathway Of Graduation In Terms Of Undergraduate Diploma?

With the introduction of the new law, students who have never passed their high school exit exams are getting benefitted by undergraduate diplomas and thus getting an another chance to graduate. Atleast six of the thousand states are taking the initiative to introduce undergraduate diploma. More than 17,000 diplomas have been issued in Georgia, 4,000 in Texas and 6100 in South Carolina. Misty Hatcher, a student once said that lack of high school diploma had kept her away from getting a well paid job for years. The past and future graduation-rate calculation of students involve those who have earned their diplomas via HB91, the educational BILL.

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Reasons Behind Issuing High School Diplomas

In order to benefit the increasing number of students who have not passed their high school exit exams, a new law has been passed that issues online undergraduate diploma. The House Bill 91 passed by Georgia in the last March allows for the provision. Once Misty Hatcher, a high school student had been refused for admission in the technical college because she did not have her high school diploma certificate. After the introduction of the new law, she got herself enrolled in the same college and is studying to become a networking specialist at present.

Growth And Development Of The New Law Issued

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Though many have criticised the new law to introduce undergraduate diploma, the demand for the same has not lessened. Bill Hammond, the former state executive and the present chief executive officer of Texas said that the new law has no future and it is useless to invest times in such kind of programmes. If an IQ is what that owns diploma for the failed students, then where is the hard word of the meticulous students recognised? However, apart from these arguments the programme has never laid back. The students who have failed in one, two or three required exit exams, for those, the committies will consider their portfolios, project completion and other remedial work. However, they ought to pass the core courses to graduate.

How Does The Novel Pathway Of Graduation Risen From A National Trend Based On Issuing The Diploma

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The novel pathway of graduation has risen from a national trend in the form of issuing online undergraduate diploma. The comprehensive tests in Maths and English are getting removed by the states day by day. Many states are cutting off the practice of over-exit exams for years. The reasons behind this is that the exams are considered useless because they often cater to 8th or 9th grade level of skills. Many states who have eliminated their graduation examinations, have claimed that they do not reflect to the Common Core State Standards.

Inference Gathered

The introduction of the new law regarding the issue of the undergraduate diploma has been in the observation of the critics. Many has been said in against the law, however, that has not made it loose its demand. Atleast six states have introduced the same and many more are yet to come which shows the future.

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How Technology Helps In Improving Education?

Today we are living in an age, that can be addressed as the golden era of human civilization as the midus touch of technology has refined almost every aspect of our social-economical and personal life. The field of education can be addressed as the quintessential technology-oriented domain, where new tech- revelations are taking place in every second. Technological innovations in learning has begun to replace traditional mode of education.

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Bringing Midus Touch Of Technology Into Education

In the last few years, the education process and methodology has improved significantly with the introduction of advanced educational technology. According to CB Insights, Edtech funding has taken a leap to 55% within the time span of 2014-15, that too without showing any indication of slowing down.

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Although initially educational experts, teachers and even parents were apprehensive about the use of technology in education, several educators have now come to believe that it is necessary to improve education by utilising latest technological tools.

However, with further technological advancements, more and more colleges and universities have started embracing technology to create a better environment and provide an enhanced learning experience to their students. Though there are couple of challenges, posed by technology, they were outnumbered by the benefits it offered. Now education has reached the next level and the entire system has transformed completely with the help of constantly progressing technology.

Does Technology Make Education Any Better?

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Technology has allowed schools and educators to keep pace with the new generation of learners who more technology-inclined than the previous generation. Education and technology are undoubtedly a great combination as it makes learning more engaging, accessible and affordable and expands the reach of education to students who cannot attend classrooms due to various challenges.

If you ask me, I believe that technology certainly improves education by bettering the way we teach and learn. As our society is gradually changing, I think it has become imperative that we revolutionise education to better student accomplishment.

A report from Global Industry Analysts(GIA) has confirmed that, the global market of e-learning has already reached $107 billion in 2015 & driven by further advancements in edtech tools, it is estimated that, in 2016, tech trends in education will set a new standard.

Tech Trends That Will Alter The Face Of Education

With the end of 2015, it is the time to look at the possible education technology trends for the new year. With technology constantly evolving, the technology available to improve education will continue to grow.

Online Corporate Learning – A Growing Momentum

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As reckoned by GIA’s $107B, Corporate eLearning will be making new avenues, increasing the market about 13% until 2017. As one of the pivotal reasons of this distinct raise is, the number of companies & organisations, which are gradually adopting & cherishing the importance of enhancing their employees’ knowledge, is increasing. The newly evolved corporate eLearning, providing with a flexible & cost-effective way of knowledge, does allow employees to undergo a 24/7 customized training at any level on any device.

But the question, that can be raised here, is, what has caused corporate eLearning to get a jolt in 2016? Today every company needs a off-the-shelf training content. Whether it be IT training, project management, supervisory skills, or industry compliance programs, organizations need to deliver these programs to employees on a regular basis & here counts the success of online training in corporate sector.

Skill Measurement – Measurs & Tracks Student Learning

Building a steady momentum in learning is not enough. It is quite imperative to observe & assess progress in competency-based learning. When A customization education is provided, it becomes crucial to ensure that modular learning experiences are cohesively blended together & to do so efficient ways to measure and track student learning are so required that smooth interchanges between each learning experience can be guaranteed.

Alternative Learning Styles – Offering Learners More Interactive Experiences

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There was a time, when education was restricted to an age old syllebus, tought in a chalk and talk method. But time has changed now. With the graduation of social, economical & professional scenario, the education has evolved too. Today getting educated has emerged into something immensely innovative and prudent, providing with the scope for students to get acquainted with new ideas and face new challenges.

While text-based or video-based tutorials are evolving into new shapes, various distinguished alternative learning styles will start & keep emerging in 2016 & thereafter as well. These learnings methods will not only enhance students’ learning experiences, but they are showing hopes to offer learners more interactive experiences like writing code directly in the browser, or completing online challenges as part of the learning process.

Online Competency-Based Training – A Revolutionary Approach Towards Education

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While both competency based training & online learning are crucial in their respective arena, the juxtaposition of these two is espected to open new avenues in education. If we follow Michelle R. Weise and Clayton M. Christensen, we would come to comprehend that online competency-based training possesses “great disruptive potential” as it integrates right learning models, as well as right technologies, customers, and business models are also included to consider.

Weise and Christensen further explain that online competency-based training providers, “can cost-effectively combine modules of learning into pathways that are agile and adaptable to the changing labor market.”

To Conclude

It is true that, there are some opinions still exist today that are falling far behind,keeping up with the drastic changes, brought on by technology. However, technology has not only enabled the wider reach of education, but also explored a better quality of learning process. Technology has made the whole process of learning and teaching so easy and accessible for everyone, that we can achieve the goal of education for everyone in near future.

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