The internet is becoming an increasingly important medium for learning in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
A study by the Internet Society indicates that “The internet is a resourceful tool that can improve and transform Africa’s education sector and contribute to economic transformation of African nations”
Importance of the Internet
- Study and Research: The Internet contains a wealth of knowledge that is available instantly upon any search. Because of this, the Internet has superseded libraries as a source for information gathering and research. Many teachers will now ask students to visit specific websites to study from home, and online encyclopedias provide masses of knowledge on almost every topic imaginable. The variety of sources allows students to pursue subjects in much greater detail rather than being limited to whatever the teacher sends home.
- Communication: the Internet allows instantaneous connection to your classmates and teachers. Improving communication between students and teachers allows teachers to assist students without having to stay after class. It also allows for students to have greater efficiency when working on projects with their peers when everyone cannot attend or asking for clarification when something is unclear.
- Accessibility: Free courses on a variety of subjects are accessible to anyone for free. These typically come in the form of lectures on video, but some also have notes attached. This means there is easy access to plenty of free lectures without paying so much for tuition. The Internet also makes education accessible especially to impoverished communities.
In 2017, Google started training a lot of Nigerian students on the use of the internet for learning and educational purposes. However, in the course of the training sessions it was found out that most schools do not have direct independent access to the internet. In fact, some of the schools do not have provision for electricity. This is a major factor that is affecting not only the educational sector of the country but it’s economy as well.