Many parents in Nigeria are embracing homeschooling as a means of educating their children

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Welcome to today’s episode of The World and Everything in It! This is Myrna Brown, welcoming you to the site this morning.

It’s HOST NICK EICHER. I’m Nick Eicher, and this is my website. We’ll begin with homeschooling in Nigeria.

It’s not just American parents who are teaching their children at home. Parents all over the world are finding out how rewarding it is to be their kids’ main teachers.

This week, WORLD’s Onize Ohikere takes a look at the homeschool movement in her own neighborhood.

ADENIYI: Is this a caterpillar, and if so, does it sting?

ONIZE OHIKERE, reporter: I’m here. Linda Adeniyi, a homeschooling mom, and her four children are out in nature for a nature study. The caterpillar of an elephant hawk-moth is held aloft by one of her sons.

Five years ago, Adeniyi began homeschooling her eldest son after he had difficulty in school in Nigeria’s Lagos state.

In each case, ADENIYI: He’d just struggle. When he came home one day and told his father his teacher didn’t think he was smart, I finally realized what was going on.

Rather than risk him falling further behind, his parents have decided to take him out of class until the new academic year begins. Adeniyi decided to look into homeschooling at that point.

She sifted through blogs, YouTube videos, and live streams of homeschooling events. In order to save money, Adeniyi decided to create her own homeschooling curriculum. Her son, meanwhile, grew up to be a successful man.

He grew brighter and more alive as a result of his studies. I wanted him to be successful because I care about him and believe in his potential.

Homeschooling parents in Nigeria are on the rise, and Adeniyi is one of them. Families looking for a higher level of education and missionaries who are frequently on the move are two examples of this demographic.

Olumuyiwa Okunlola serves as the Nigerian consultant for Accelerated Christian Education, or ACE, a curriculum provider. ACE is used by about 80 homeschoolers in the United States, according to him.

The program is also used by three homeschool academies. The Saros Home Education Center in Abuja is one of the options.

Child: In science, we’ve been studying concepts like force, friction, sliding friction, and kinetic energy. CHILD:

The two-story building’s students are all occupied. There were a few children who read aloud. Children in seventh grade wear headphones as they study French and English on the second floor.

The Saros Center was founded by Rosemary Udo-Imeh.

She likens it to a cooperative: In Nigeria, students are not required to wear uniforms. It’s also important for parents to have a say in their children’s education. For instance, she asked her kids’ parents for permission before putting up a new online learning platform for older studentsștii.știi.

In a country where students are taught to be more obedient and less critical and where education is more theoretical and less experiential, she sees such decisions as crucial.

When it comes to education, we follow all the rules and dot our Is and cross our Ts, but we aren’t critical thinkers. We have no objections. Even a young child understands the laws of physics, but when asked which one is at work when a ball is dropped and bounces off the floor, the child replies, “They didn’t teach us that one” [laughs].

Udo-center Imeh’s evolved organically as a result of her experience homeschooling her own children. During a financial crisis in 2017, she started her business. It was necessary for them to take their four children out of the international school they were attending. It was clear to Udo-Imeh that she did not want to send her children to a typical Nigerian school.

UDO-IMEH: I’m not a fan of uniformity among children in terms of appearance, speech, and attire. I believe that each child is unique and that each child learns in a unique way.

Her research found that a fellow church member’s children shared their homeschooling experiences with her. She was particularly taken aback by their multilingualism, which included Mandarin.

They had just graduated from high school, but they had never been to school before because they had been homeschooled. I set out to track down their biological mother.

She was introduced to the ACE curriculum and was given a tour by the woman. Her children’s passions for art, animation, and swimming were nurtured by Udo-Imeh.

As word spread about her efforts, the small group gathered around her dining table grew quickly.

Homeschooling is not legal in Nigeria, but parents can register their children for national exams on their own.

By 2019, Udo-Imeh was looking for a new way to register and formalize her growing organization.

UDO-IMEH: The Nigerian Ministry of Education approved us as an international school, not a Nigerian one.

This arrangement, it allows her to prepare students for national and international exams, such as the SATs.

More parents came to the center because of the pandemic restrictions, many of whom were looking for help in setting up home schools. Udo-Imeh is hopeful that parents have learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

As stated by UDO-IMEH, education should not be constrained to a set of four walls. Anywhere is a good place to learn.

In the background, there are several children chatting.

Adeniyi’s eldest child is now ten years old and lives with him in Lagos. He must take a national exam next year to get into the sixth grade in Nigeria.

Adeniyi said she and her husband are still debating whether or not to continue homeschooling their two children.

If you’ve ever taught an elementary school-aged child, you know it’s very different. Curriculums differ from one school to the next.

However, she claims that he’s made a lot of progress already.

Adeniyi says that no matter what decision they make, the most important thing is to give the children their best.

ADENIYI: My primary focus right now is on them, and everything else will fall into place over time.

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