BRINGING THE OUT-OF-SCHOOL CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL IN NIGERIA: TECHNOLOGY AS THE PANACEA
Keywords:Out-0f-school Children, School,, Nigeria, Technology, Panacea
This study examined the use of technology as an instrument to bring back the out of school children back to school in Nigeria. It was a study which adopted mixed method approach that combines qualitative as well as quantitative research design. The sample for the study comprised of 537 out of school children in southwestern part of Nigeria (376 males, 161 females). A questionnaire titled “Out of School Children’s Questionnaire on the use of Technology” was used to explore the perceptions of OOSC on the use of technology, and how it can be used to reintegrate them back into school. The study finds that technology, particularly smartphones and mobile phones, play a crucial role in the daily lives of out-of-school children, with many participants engaging in information gathering and learning activities. However, the study also recognizes the limitations of technology with emphasis on the necessity towards providing a detailed approach that can address the complex problems that are experienced by out-of-school children, including poverty and lack of support. The study concludes that technology should be viewed as a valuable tool, but not a one-size-fits-all solution, for reintegrating out-of-school children.