Professor Ensign who has done extensive research on the challenges of development in Sub-Saharan Africa made the assertion during an interview with Abuja based Daily Trust.
Nigeria Can Tackle Unemployment, Poverty With US Education System
Adopting the American style of education can help Nigeria overcome the challenges of corruption and unemployment says the President of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Professor Margee Ensign.
"An American style of education teaches critical thinking and a teacher should be an independent thinker," the veteran education said.
"I think for this century this type of learning is critical because we have to solve the big problems; the global warming, the unemployment, the massive poverty so we have to continue training people to become strong, independent thinkers that are focused to find solutions to their problems.
She expressed confidence that the American system would work for Nigeria.
"The system can change Nigeria for the better," she said.
Professor Ensign also said Nigeria is yet to give education the priority it deserves.
"So I will say to the leaders in Nigeria to pay your teachers well, train them well and make sure they have the best education."
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