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Bello

Full Length Research Paper

Perspectives on Democracy in Distance Education in Nigeria: A Case of the National Open University of Nigeria

Abdul-Rahoof A. Bello

Department of Political Science, National Open University of Nigeria

Corresponding Email Address: abdulrahoofbello@yahoo.com; Tel: 08035639456

Received April 4, 2014; Accepted April 11, 2014

Abstract  

If you are planning for a year, sow a seed. If you are planning for a decade, plant a tree; but if you are planning for a life time, then educate the masses. By sowing a seed once, you reap once, by planting a tree, you read tenfold but by educating the masses, you reap hundredfold - Chinese proverb. This paper discusses efforts by the Nigerian government at adapting modern facilities such as the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the implementation of its policies on education. It also examines the elements of democracy in the implementation of the Nigeria’s policy on education, especially within the sphere of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) with a view to justifying its effectiveness in achieving the stated objective of the national policy on education in Nigeria. The paper adopts evaluative methods to study operation of the National Open University of Nigeria because it is the only substantive public University that uses modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The uniqueness of NOUN, when placed compared to conventional Universities such as Universities of Lagos and Ibadan which operate distance-learning, lies in its openness and flexibility as well as its target beneficiaries – the working class- irrespective of their location in Nigeria and beyond.

Key Words: Policy, Education, ‘Open’ and ‘Distance’, NOUN, Democracy.

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