Knowledge-based economy: Youth coalition advocates alternative education

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By Ikenna Osuoha

Abuja – The International Youths Coalition for Education (IYCE), an NGO, has called for a paradigm shift from conventional to alternative education for knowledge based economy in Nigeria.
Mr Gideon Olarenwaju, the Founder of the coalition, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
Olarenwaju said it was time to take the millions of “out of school children’’ in out of the streets with alternative education.
“We intend to partner with organisations in building plastic classrooms for millions of people conventional has eluded.
“In school, there would be gamisation, which is the teaching of games for skill acquisition,” Olarenwaju said.
The IYCE called on governments at all levels to support alternative for a greater Nigeria.
According to him, there are many in the conventional classroom without knowledge of what the teacher is teaching.
He said that qualified personnel for teaching was imperative for knowledge enhancement and innovations.
NAN reports that alternative is an educational programme or system that is separate from a mainstream educational system and that is designed especially for with academic or behavioural difficulties. (NAN)