Education is the solution to many of the world's ills, said a Weber State College Fulbright professor who recently returned from a year in Nigeria. But in Africa, as in Utah, money for educational programs is lacking.
Richard V. Jones, dean of the Weber State School of Education spent the 1987-88 academic year at the Amadu Bello University in northern Nigeria teaching educational administration as one of three Fulbright scholars to visit that African university.Most African elementary and secondary schools have 100 children in classrooms that have no furniture, and in college, students have limited access to texts and resource materials, he said.
"I spent much of my salary in photocopying material. I took a kind of in-house library with me that I left there," Jones said.
Though Nigeria is one of the wealthier African countries it still struggles with a declining economy that is based on oil prices. Students receive tuition money, a room and two meals a day from the government. Beyond that they lived on about $10 a week, he said.
"They have a declining economy and associated problems that parallel our own in ways. They have reduced education budgets, and no matter what programs you talk about, their first response is that there's not enough money," he said.