School-age Population by Education Level1

26,153,502

 

15,875,252

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20161

39.8%

 

44.1%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20111

8.3%

 

12%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

47.9%

 

27.5%

Secondary(2010)

 

Tertiary (2011)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2019

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

41.4%

 

61.3%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

40%

 

64%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

7%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

55

 

53

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

0.1 88.2
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0 30.7
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
8.1 27.7
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in June 2019

 

Highlights

COL’s work in Nigeria is primarily in the areas of higher education, teacher education, technology enabled learning and technical and vocational skills development.

Higher Education

  • COL’s CEMBA/CEMPA programme is offered by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), which also holds a seat on the programmes’ Executive Governing Board and Academic Board. NOUN has renewed its licence to offer the CEMBA/CEMPA for five years.
  • Research study conducted, titled “Minority Students in Graduate Studies: An Exploration into Women’s Accessibility to Higher Education through the Open and Distance Learning Mode in Nigeria.”

Learn more about Higher Education. 

Teacher Education

  • COL and the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) in Kaduna are working together to implement the Green Teacher programme, scheduled for launch in 2018.

Learn more about Teacher Education. 

Technology-Enabled Learning

Technical and Vocational Skills Development

  • 29 Nigerian institutions are members of COL’s INVEST Africa network.
  • Resources developed that integrates sustainable development principles into technical and vocational education and training as part of teachers’ capacity-building in INVEST Africa partner institutions.
  • 80 staff and managers from 29 Nigerian polytechnics, plus officers from the National Board for Technical Education completed the Flexible Skills Development online course.
  • Hosted by the Kenya Technical Trainers’ College, 30 educators from seven countries — Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia — developed 16 course plans that integrate the sustainable development principles of economic growth, environmental conservation and social inclusion.
  • 70 rectors and representatives from 29 partner institutions attended the INVEST Nigeria partner meetings held in 2015 and 2017 at the National Board for Technical Education, in Kaduna.

Learn more about Technical and Vocational Skills Development

Partners

Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector.

COL's partners in Nigeria include:

  • African Council of Distance Education
  • Auchi Polytechnic
  • Federal Ministry of Education
  • Institute for Media and Society
  • National Board for Technical Education
  • National Commission for Colleges of Education
  • National Open University of Nigeria
  • National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna
  • National Universities Commission
  • Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning
  • Universal Basic Education Commission