Where to get the best education in Nigeria

Where to get the best Education in Nigeria

Where to get the best Education in Nigeria.

Education is one of those things that is considered pretty important throughout the world, but most countries do not have quality education and those that do are better than each other other in some ways. Most people in the West think their education system is the best compared to other countries.

An education group, called Pearson periodically test such assumptions by comparing measurable things like grades and attempt to rank different countries according to the success of their education system.

It’s interesting to know that the USA, long known to have one of the best education systems has recently been ranked in 14th Position, a long way below many European countries.

Which countries have been classed as the most successful in offering education to their citizens?

‘The Social Progress Imperative has compiled research on basic education levels throughout the world and presented it via the Social Progress Index; this offers a rigorous and comprehensive way of measuring social progress, including – and most relevant for our current interests –  a score for a country’s level of access to basic knowledge including factors like adult literacy rate, primary school enrolment, secondary school enrolment, and women’s mean years in school. These components determine which countries offer better educational opportunities. We’ve compiled the list of the ten best-performing countries when it comes to access to basic education, according to research from the United Nations as brought together in the SPI basic education rating’- MBC TIMES

In the past, South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems but, over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes.

The Korean Way:

Grit and Hard work

Here’s what says Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy has to say:

For millennia, in some parts of Asia, the only way to climb the socioeconomic ladder and find secure work was to take an examination — in which the proctor was a proxy for the emperor

The Koreans have an in-depth examination culture.

The Koreans have achieved a remarkable feat: the country is 100 percent literate, and at the forefront of international comparative tests of achievement, including tests of critical thinking and analysis.

But this success comes with a price: Students are under enormous, unrelenting pressure to perform. Talent is not a consideration — because the culture believes in hard work and diligence above all, there is no excuse for failure.

Children study year-round, both in-school and with tutors. If you study hard enough, you can be smart enough.

Koreans basically believe that I have to get through this really tough period to have a great future,” says Andreas Schleicher, director of education and skills at PISA and special advisor on education policy at the OECD. “It’s a question of short-term unhappiness and long-term happiness.” It’s not just the parents pressuring their kids. Because this culture traditionally celebrates conformity and order, pressure from other students can also heighten performance expectations. This community attitude expresses itself even in early-childhood education, says Joe Tobin, professor of early childhood education at the University of Georgia who specializes in comparative international research. In Korea, as in other Asian countries, class sizes are very large — which would be extremely undesirable for, say, an American parent. But in Korea, the goal is for the teacher to lead the class as a community, and for peer relationships to develop. In American preschools, the focus for teachers is on developing individual relationships with students, and intervening regularly in peer relationships’.

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The Finnish Way:

Extra-curricular choice + Intrinsic motivation

In Finland, on the other hand, students are learning the benefits of both rigor and flexibility. The Finnish model, say educators, is utopia.

Finland has a short school day rich with school-sponsored extracurriculars, because Finns believe important learning happens outside the classroom.

‘In Finland, school is the center of the community,’ notes Schleicher. School provides not just educational services, but social services. Education is about creating identity.

Finnish culture values intrinsic motivation and the pursuit of personal interest. An exception? Sports, which is not sponsored by schools, but by towns.

A third of the classes that students take in high school are electives, and they can even choose which matriculation exams they are going to take. It’s a low-stress culture, and it values a wide variety of learning experiences.

But that does not except it from academic rigor, motivated by the country’s history trapped between European superpowers, says Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish educator and author of Finnish Lessons.

Teachers in Finland teach 600 hours a year, spending the rest of time in professional development. In the U.S., teachers are in the classroom 1,100 hours a year, with little time for feedback.

Finns share one thing with South Koreans:

A deep respect for teachers and their academic accomplishments. In Finland, only one in ten applicants to teaching programs is admitted.

After a mass closure of 80 percent of teacher colleges in the 1970s, only the best university training programs remained, elevating the status of educators in the country.

Education culture

As TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson noted in his 2013 talk ‘How to escape education’s death valley’, when it comes to current American education woes “the dropout crisis is just the tip of an iceberg.

What it doesn’t count are all the kids who are in school but being disengaged from it, who don’t enjoy it, who don’t get any real benefit from it.” But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Where to get the best Education in Nigeria

Based on the educational system of Finland and Korea, where do you get the best education in Nigeria?

Let’s do a summary of the features of both countries’ educational system. With these characteristics we can look for where to get the best education in Nigeria. Here they are:

  • Hard work and diligence
  • In-depth examination culture
  • Paying the price mentality
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Hands on lab or practical learning
  • Professional and well qualified teachers

At Greensprings School, we combine the above features. If you stay in Nigeria and you are looking for where to get the best education for your child without going to Finland or North Korea, Greensprings school is your first school of choice.

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