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Kemi Areola reveals why Foreign students are rated above Nigeria’s Home based students 

People that study abroad are usually rated above those that studied in Nigeria’s indigenous institutions. (Mrs. Kemi Areola, SA to the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sport Development) 

The event, Open Ukrainian Education Education Days “Study in Ukraine 2020” held at the NAF conference centre, Abuja on 5th March,2020 was graced with the presence of delegates from the Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nigeria Ministry of Education, Ukrainian State Center for International Education of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukriane, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nigeria, Director of Nigerian-Ukranian Trade House “Newsvit” and partners – Intergraid Edu Projects in the quest to ease the process of Nigerians interested in studying in Ukraine. Introductory and welcome remarks were given by Tetyana Mayboroda, Sumy State University Ukraine.

Nigeria’s population is very youth heavy and that will become more relevant in the next 10 to 20years. The quest to build a better Nigeria has gone beyond mere low level of education; youths need to be equipped with solid quality education to compete in the labour market. The rate at which Nigerian students relocate abroad to study has continually been on the increase and every year has witnessed a significant rise in the numbers of students migrating overseas for education despite the huge costs of financing such moves.

The rate at which Nigerian students relocate abroad to study has continually been on the increase due to the quality standard of education in developed countries.

Charge d’Affairs of Ukraine to Nigeria Serhii Yushkevych in his words said: “One of the cheapest countries to study in developed countries is Ukraine, you can have a degree with 2000 to 4500 dollars”. Recently, there has been an increase in the population of Nigerians interested in studying in Ukraine. “Ukranian Education Foundation” was purposely set up to facilitate scholarships and also to act play an advocacy role in improving the experiences of students studying in Ukraine.

Kemi Areola, Special Assistant ICT And Corporate Relations to The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare: “It has also been observed that employers of labour in Nigeria tend to prefer people who studied abroad, especially in countries with great quality of education. We are not saying that Nigerian’s quality of education is below par but that we have a fair bit to learn from countries that have educational systems in place for a good number of years longer than Nigeria has.

Such people that study abroad are usually rated above those that studied in Nigeria’s indigenous institutions.” She ended her speech by imploring every youth to consider studying at least a part of their course abroad.

Studying in Ukraine depends on finances as well as scholarship programs that financially support qualified students.  For the purpose of studying in home comfort, their universities offer various online courses says 2nd Secretary Ukrainian Embassy in NIgeria – Bodgan Soltys.

The conference was closed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Olena Nedryhailo (official representative of UCCI in Nigeria) and Dr Angela Adamu (partners – Intergraid EDU Projects) for the creation of a Charity organization “Ukranian Education Foundation”.

By Fayinka Abel

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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