To open the Spring 2015 semester’s Leaders in Development series, The Integral Economic Development Program hosted Dr. Theresa Okafor, Director at the Quality Assurance and Research Development Agency in Nigeria (QAARDAN). Dr. Okafor provided an overview of the education system in Nigeria, speaking of the ineptitude of teachers at the feeder level and how that, in turn, affects students at the tertiary level. Only 4% of students in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to university education, and Dr. Okafor sees opportunity for significant positive changes through the use of a new quality assurance model. This model internalizes quality assurance, placing the onus on schools and school leadership, and shifts from a judgmental perspective to one that is developmental and which can create positive changes.

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