Stakeholders canvass more budgetary allocation to education in Africa
The executive director of Globethics.net, Geneva, Prof. Obiora Ike has said that improving citizens’ social conditions would be achieved if governments at all levels in Africa allocate greater percentage of their budget to education.
Prof. Ike in his paper at the first international zoom conference and training workshop organised by Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu lamented the 30 per cent allocation of Nigeria’s budget to armaments and other sectors, while education received a paltry two to five per cent.
In the paper titled, “The changing face of universities in Africa,” Prof Ike said universities must empower, transform, integrate as well as promote competence and sustainability.
We need universities where the world meets itself to achieve a world; where injustice, economic irresponsibility, displacement and division are addressed.”
He noted that the changing face of universities in Africa demands that those institutions must be a model where young people will go and come out to serve the society effectively.
On his part, the vice chancellor, Prof Christian Anieke, disclosed that the university would continue to set the pace by introducing new ways of doing things in the management of tertiary education in Nigeria
The VC said the university’s professors would be promoted on zoom, while meetings of the governing council of the institution will be conducted through zoom conferencing.
While advising the university staff to blend with e-learning as a virtual world has come to stay, Anieke expressed gratitude to the more than 250 speakers and participants at the zoom conference and training workshop.
In a lecture on ethical challenges in e-learning, the president and founder of Globethics.net, Geneva, Prof Christopher Stuckelberger urged Africans to see coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to discover new ways of direct communication and learning.
Also, speaking on the process of e-learning, the foreign liaison officer of the university, Ms. Meggy Kantert, said COVID-19 has forced global experimentation and remote teaching that will change ways of learning and teaching.
Ms. Kantert said the situation requires expansion of ICT resources; new training requirements for faculties and students, stressing that e-learning will increase knowledge and skill in all areas to meet the growth in the sectors.