In an effort to give Nigerian youth the opportunity to compete globally with their peers around the world, a corporate body recently established and equipped resource centers across the country to empower not only the youth, but also their teachers. Amidst the growing lack of proper work tools with which to meaningfully impart knowledge, many teachers are gradually de-motivated and several have long taken leave of the public schools in search of more lucrative private schools while others have since dumped the teaching profession altogether. Not very long ago, the Nigerian Union of Teachers led its fold in a massive countrywide strike to protest the teaching and learning conditions in public schools.
The Multichoice Resource Center initiative, according to Multichoice Managing Director, Joseph Hundah, is targeted at all of Nigeria's geo-political zones and will strive to benefit as many secondary schools as practicable across Nigeria. The initiative, he added, is in line with the company's corporate social responsibility strategy. Education, he said is very pivotal in this strategy. At a time when the public school system is crying for urgent intervention by all if it is to be saved and continue to provide essential learning to Nigerians, the efforts of Multichoice deserve commendation. But more than that, the efforts deserve emulation. If more corporate organisations would come to the aid of education in sundry creative ways, then the plight of the educational sector would be gradually ameliorated even while the country awaits a definitive policy shift by government to help rectify the fundamental problems in the education sector, once and for all.