The Looming Danger in our Education System (3)
One of the best ways of measuring success in a particular area is comparing one’s progress with that of a competitor. Today’s intervention on the danger that looms in our education system, will draw a few comparisons on the demand and supply of technology in Nigeria, South Africa and South Korea, and how these comparisons have resulted in growth and development of these counties’ education and other sectors.
In the Global Connectivity Index 2020 Versus GDP per Capita curve, Nigeria (76) is categorized as a starter nation, mainly focusing on expanding connectivity coverage to give more people access to the digital economy. South Africa (56) on the other hand is an adopter nation, and focuses on increasing demand for high-speed connectivity to cloud to facilitate industry digitalization and economic growth; while South Korea (13) is frontrunner nation whose priorities have shifted to investing in 5G, big data, AI, and IoT to develop smarter and more innovative economies.
The average GDP per capita (2019) contribution of countries in the starter, adopter and frontrunner categories is estimated at (US$) 56,400: 15,600, and 3,600 respectively (GCI), and shows how much the nation is losing to its inability to harness the rich potential of technology in critical sectors of the economy.
Nigeria abysmally lags behind South Africa and South Korea in all indexes including telecom investment, ICT investment, 4G/5G connections, e-governance services, broadband download speed, internet participation, fixed broadband affordability, IT workforce and even IT potentials. This is our reality and explains why there is an urgent need for rapid response by stakeholders.
According to the UNESCO, Nigeria ranks 1st in out of school children, South Africa (6th) and South Korea ranks 54th. It is therefore not surprising that while Nigeria ranks 126th in the global literacy index, South Africa ranks 92nd, and South Korea ranks 34th.
There is a correlation and connection between education, technology and a nation development in all of these analyses. When a nation does not prioritizes the education of its children, especially those in remote and underprivileged communities, which constitutes chunk of the population in the case of Nigeria, it is simply mortgaging the future of its very important resources (human capital).
At SING Nigeria, we understand the need to urgently penetrate the nation’s underserved communities by simply leveraging technology to reach out to these population for self-learning and personal development.
SING Nigeria has a way out in Code-3.