Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation Teacher’s Corner
By Erica Burman on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Help Your Students Understand ‘Global Interdependence’
Nigeria, with a population of over 123 million, is Africa’s most populous country. However, more than 7 million children of primary school age – more than any other country in the world – remain outside the school system, and 62% of those children are girls.
This is a pressing issue that cannot be ignored. Yet, most Americans are not aware of the magnitude of this crisis and how it is affecting our lives here in the United States. The Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) is committed to serving as a catalyst for enhancing public awareness here in the U.S. about the critical need to improve equity and access to quality education for children in Nigeria.
Teachers can play a very important role in assisting PCNAF. Therefore, a key component of its mission is providing support to teachers interested in using the crisis in Nigeria as a vehicle for helping their students learn more about Africa and instill in them a sense of global responsibility.