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Are 90% of Nigerian Primary School Teachers Computer Illiterate?!

By Wayan Vota on December 20, 2010

The Daily Trust reports that the chairperson of World Federation of Engineering Organisation (WFEO) and Women Engineers (WIE), Engineer Mrs Joama O. Maduka, said about 90 per cent of primary school teachers are not computer literate. To quote Daily Trust:

[Engineer Maduka] said WFEO a few years ago decided to improve the participation of women in economic activities through engineering as well as IT applications and carried out a Needs Assessment Survey on various women groups in Abuja before discovering that over 90 per cent of primary school teachers are not computer literate, hence the need to begin the training with them.

Its because of this gap that WFEO proposed a four-year programme to introduce women from ages 20-50 years to information technology and basic application of information technology. This programme would operate through proposed technology centres managed by women engineers and offer:

  1. online training courses and e-learning
  2. classroom training in engineering practices and the use of IT
  3. counseling in the use of ICT to reinforce basic services in education, health, etc

Yet I wonder how accurate that percentage is. Could it be that 90% of women teachers not be computer literate when Facebook is an educational tool, even in rural Nigerian schools? What is your opinion?

Is Engineer Maduka correct? Or could there be more than 10% of primary school teachers who are online in Nigeria?

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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