No Hope For Them

With the number of international students from Nigeria increasing every year, the requirements by employers continue to do the same. In a different “outlook” this could be seen as a good reality whereby a large number of western educated graduates are coming home to input their knowledge into the market of the country thus bringing development. The fact is, as high as the number reflects on international students, locally educated students are always higher and if requirements from employers make these locally educated students’ secondary options it kills their spirit and will to do better and in the long run leaving a massive population of the country with no hope. This way of life is fast becoming a norm and has to be rectified before a new social class is fully formed in the heart of the country.

Kelvin O’D(Dubai Campus)


One thought on “No Hope For Them

  1. Interesting perspective on travelling abroad to study and the negative impact it can have. This is the case for many developing countries, whereby those that have had the privilege to study abroad are valued more when they return home, at the expense of those that attended local universities. Another issue is that some students do not return to their home countries after studying and choose to stay in the West, resulting in a ‘brain drain’.

    Perhaps a solution to this is to work on improving the national curriculum in Nigeria, as well as the job market, so that young people do not feel that studying abroad is their only chance of succeeding. Instead, they will be more likely to value Nigerian education. Many people perceive Western universities and Western educational institutes to be the best – and this may currently be true, but it does not have to be this way. Don’t forget that so called ‘Western’ philosophy actually originated in Africa – many prominent Western philosophers and thinkers such as Aristotle and Plato where in fact influenced and taught under the Egyptian mystery system.

    Africa was once an extremely prosperous continent, and considered to be a hub of knowledge and innovation. Unfortunately due to colonialism and an over-reliance on the West, this is no longer the case. African states can regain this legacy by focusing on tackling corruption, improving the education system and job opportunities, as well as national sovereignty.

    Deena Abdo

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