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Mission Statement


Objective


Our objective is to provide a forum where stakeholders in education (pretty much all Nigerians: students, parents, teachers, our Government, etc) can engage in discussions about issues pertaining to education (in particular helping students obtain a quality tertiary education) that lead to an actionable agenda.

"To complement the efforts of government, l therefore urge all teachers, parents, guardians and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector to rise up and support the government in all its endeavours to enable the country achieve its target of transforming the education sector." 

Why it is Important?

In case you haven't been paying attention to the news, listed below are some disturbing trends:

Coming together for the common goal of improving Education

"To complement the efforts of government, l therefore urge all teachers, parents, guardians and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector to rise up and support the government in all its endeavours to enable the country achieve its target of transforming the education sector." 
    -- Nigerian Minister of Education, Prof Ruqquyat Rufa’i, July 2012 (Vanguard Article: FG/Teachers battle student underperformance) 

The ministers words above can be taken as a call to battle, it is about focussing on what we as individuals can do to help. For example below lists some positive trends we notice in this sector:
  • Adoption of ICT initiatives has made the registration for exams as well as result checking an automated process. Though we'd like to see faster resolution of cases where exam results are with-held. Also more statistics being provided to the general public, e.g. breakdowns of JAMB/WAEC results by school which in turn would allow parents/students to make informed decisions when choosing schools.
  • Numerous government agencies, organizations etc  give out educational grants/scholarships to students both for study within and outside Nigeria
Point being there are numerous initiatives within the Nigerian community aimed at addressing issues on the educational front. Our goal is to highlight such initiatives so the general public can take advantage of them as well as lend their support to such initiatives. There's also some evidence that there are we are moving in the right direction even though we're not where we want to be, e.g. WAEC pass rates have increased from 20% in 2010 to about 40% in 2012. 

Whom we do it for?

We "do it for the babies". If things continue to spiral downward where will we be as a nation a decade or two from now. Who's going to be teaching our children? The same crop of young people that are failing exams en masse now?

Education is an issue all Nigerians should be active in because it affects all of us. From a young age I was made to understand my future would be shaped by my success in school (Thanks mum for all the tough love), it's time we all play a more active role to better shape our Nation's future.

Contact us to let us know how we can partner with you, or visit our join us page to learn how you can partner with us.


How we go about it!

We believe networking is key to addressing some of the issues highlighted above. In particular:
  • Connecting people fighting battles on the educational front. If you're an educational organization with initiatives that will benefit students, send us a link so we can help you promote your initiative. E.g "We need volunteers on December 15th to help organize an engineering conference".
  • Providing information to students on scholarships/grants they can apply for, upcoming exams etc.
  • Implementing S.M.A.R.T programs that provide exposure to students and allow them to showcase their skills
  • Ensuring the 9JEducation.org platform is accessible to all. Anybody with sufficient interest and time can contribute to the content on this site.