Top global free learning site founder visits Nigeria

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Alison, one of the world’s largest free learning site, Mike Feerick is visiting Nigeria for the first time this week. founder visits Nigeria

He will be in Abuja and Lagos from Thursday, November 23 to Sunday, November 26.

Founded in 2007 and widely considered the world’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider, Alison’s successful free learning model is one which holds enormous promise for Nigeria’s burgeoning educational need, not least among its extraordinary youthful population.

Speaking ahead of his visit, Feerick said that visiting Nigeria is something he had always wanted to do for a long time.

“My excitement stems from the fact that I believe the Alison free learning model can be hugely impactful in Nigeria, where there is a huge demand and thirst for education and skills development, yet, because of the huge scale of the population, there is simply no way that the old ways of teaching and training can help all those who need to learn.

“ If Nigeria is serious about making available educational and skills training opportunities to all its people, then the opportunity of a platform like Alison must be embraced,” Feerick said.

While in Nigeria, Mr Feerick will meet a select number of Alison Graduates, both to learn from them and to record their inspirational stories.

Natasha Mee, a market researcher based in Ireland at Alison HQ, but originally from South Africa, added “Mike is a world traveller, and wherever he goes, he meets Alison graduates, to learn, to encourage, to publicise. When we invited our Nigerian graduates to meet Mike, we were overwhelmed and awed by the response, as nearly 1,000 of our graduates sent in applications – and they are still rising in number!  These people tell their stories about how Alison empowered them to new opportunity in life, to getting new jobs, promotions, college placements, and almost always, gaining confidence through learning achievement”.

He also will welcome opportunities to speak to local media who are interested in understanding more about the extent of Nigeria’s educational challenge, and how Alison can answer that call.

The Guardian

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