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Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (10th, Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Jun 12-15, 2012)

This paper discusses the operations of Focus Learning Support (FLS), an organisation that provides educational support for overseas students, in particularly, Nigerians who are desirous of pursuing academic courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom (UK). In highlighting the vital role that education plays in the national development of Nigeria, the paper looks at the main educational activities that took place from 1960 to present. It explains how globalisation and its related processes, together with the rapid advancement in technologies, have impacted on national development and general education progress. National economic development, social development in relation to aspirations, resources and equipment, the rising emphasis of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the classroom and "migration for education" trends are identified as the major challenges that young people face. The paper shows FLS as the mechanism for effectively addressing the challenges overseas students face. It strongly asserts that the delivery of constructive, educational activities in a safe and user-friendly environment will not only motivate students to positive action, but will also assist them to make sound educational progress. This, it argues, should be done in collaboration with various community groups and organisations. To date, the progress that FLS has made via its seminars and training and development programmes has been shown to be productive. The paper utilises a number of case studies to support this claim. A bibliography is included. [For complete volume, see ED567040.]

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Educational Development, Role of Education, Global Approach, Influence of Technology, Barriers, Organizational Objectives, Case Studies, Participant Satisfaction, College Bound Students, Outreach Programs, Access to Education

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Autor: Achinewhu-Nworgu, Elizabeth; Shotte, Gertrude; Chioma, Queen Nworgu


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