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Universities in Africa Are Not Preparing Graduates For The 21st Century Workplace

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Across
Africa, students arrive on campuses full of hope that a university
degree will improve their lives. The reality is far less certain.

In
2014, a British Council study estimated Nigeria’s graduate unemployment
at 23.1%. In Kenya, it takes an average of five years for a graduate to
find a job. Yet business leaders frequently say there are jobs – just a
lack of skilled talent to do them. How can this be?

There are
two commonly cited explanations. The first is that financial, human
capital and infrastructure constraints have a negative impact on the
range and quality of skills students graduate with. The second is the
disconnect between what universities teach and the skills needed in the
market.

Employers are now looking for graduates who can think
for themselves and integrate into fast-paced work environments. However,
another more fundamental explanation has to do with how students are
educated, irrespective of what they study or the resource constraints
they face. How students learn matters to employers because it shapes how
they think and what they do at work.

A growing number of
employers are no longer looking for graduates with the most impressive
degree certificates. In fact, trailblazers like Ernst & Young have
removed degree classifications from their entry requirements because
they do not believe that academic success is always a sign of
professional success.

A new kind of graduate

Employers are
now looking for graduates who can think for themselves, integrate into
fast-paced work environments, learn new ways of working and develop
creative solutions to real problems. These abilities depend more on how
they were taught than what they learned.

We are at a unique
moment in the history of education. Information was once scarce but is
now everywhere. In the last 15 years, we have also made a giant leap
forward in our understanding of how the brain works and how people
learn. These developments have radically altered the way we think about
higher education.

In the traditional university model, “learning”
meant access to information and knowledge, education resources and
teaching expertise. Today, technology has made it easier for anyone to
get information, knowledge and learning resources.

The advantage
retained by the traditional university is in producing and organising
knowledge. But academic researchers form a very small percentage of the
knowledge workers needed in the information age.

Time to revisit old models

Universities
need to rethink their approach to learning if they are to produce
people with the critical thinking, leadership, collaboration and problem
solving skills needed for modern life.

Learning in many African
universities still happens in large lecture halls and rewards the
ability to remember and repeat information. Researchers such as Nobel
Prize winning physicist Carl Wieman have shown that this is one of the
least effective ways of learning.

Effective learning takes three
things. First, students must be able to reflect on what they are
learning. Reflection helps students assess what they know and what they
don’t. It also helps them to integrate new ideas and concepts into their
body of knowledge. When students reflect, they strengthen the neural
pathways in their brain, and build new pathways that link information
that was previously not associated. These links enable critical
thinking.

Second, true learning happens when students stop being
passive recipients of information and become active experimenters. When
students take an active part, they take responsibility for the results
and ensure that learning is relevant to them. They develop habits that
help them learn later in life, such as self-regulation, motivation and
curiosity.

Third, learning happens when students apply new
concepts or skills. This is the most natural test for a student’s
comprehension of what they are studying. Doing something, receiving
feedback about it, refining the approach and then doing it again also
builds neural pathways for retrieval and association.

The
ConversationUniversities are the planning stage for a society’s
aspirations. African universities must begin to produce employable
leaders who will meet the challenges that are hindering the continent’s
progress. To produce graduates with the appropriate skills and ways of
thinking, they will have to change the way they see, design and assess
learning.

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Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.

Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.

He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.

“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.

“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.

“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.

“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.

“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?

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Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)

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According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.

The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.

See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..

This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm

Beating for your son for playing football? My God.

Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii

There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria  we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.

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UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL

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The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.

Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.

Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.

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PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA

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Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.

Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.

“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”

He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.

 “Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”

Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.

He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”

On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.

“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”

He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part  Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019

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The NANS JCC Chairman Comrade. Ekanem Utibe seeks for partnership with wema bank

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****Pleads with Bank to erect an Atm machine at heritage polytechnic and other tertiary institution in state
Akwa Ibom State NANS JCC Chairman Comrade Ekanem Utibe, accompanied by the Secretary General Comr. Akanimo Ifiokonon, Director of sports Comr. Akan Udom, P. R. O Comr.  Kokoette Udom and Enoima Monday Udosoh Monday, were today received by the Dir of Special Duty of WEMA BANK Mr Victor Akpan at Eket LGA branch who directed to the office of the branch service manager.
The chairman appealed to the bank management to assist the students community by erecting an Atm Machine at the campus for the benefit of Nigerian students and the bank. 
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