PROMOTING AND PROTECTING NIGERIAN CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN AN EVER CHALLENGING AND GROWING DIGITAL THROUGH TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Abstract

Nigeria’s rapid growth in population is putting immense pressure on the country’s limited resources at a time when the public services and infrastructures are already overstretched. With 45% of the Nigerian population made up of children less than 15 years of age, the educational sector is already overwhelmed and unable to meet up with the requirements of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act which was introduced in 1999, but passed into law in 2004. Forty percent of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not have access to an educational facility. This situation is even worst in the Northern region of the country that has the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls (UNICEF 2016).

The National constitution (1999) emphasized the rights to education of all Nigerian citizens, regardless of their tribe, sex, or physical disability. So from the foregoing, there is an increased need to promote and protect the rights of the Nigerian child to basic education and rights such right to Medical and Health care, right to safety (security), right to Privacy, right to Fair Hearing, right to personal Liberty, right to Freedom of Expression, and right to Leisure and sport.   Fortunately for the Nigerians, the growth in technological inventions of the 21st century has presented us with diverse options to explore in our efforts to resolve the “scarcity” of education that is affecting this country, and promote and protect all the other rights of the Nigeria Child. This aspect of technology is known as educational technology. According to Lazaro (2018), “Education Technology (also known as “EdTech”) refers to an area of technology devoted to the development and application of tools (including software, hardware, and processes) intended to promote education”. Educational technology goes far beyond using educational media such as projectors and monitors in a classroom. This study investigated how Nigerian children rights can be promoted and protected in an ever challenging and growing digital through educational technology

 

Keywords: Promoting, Protecting, Rights, Educational Technology, Infrastructure, Distant-learning, Assistive Technology

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