The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has enlisted the support of the National Assembly to bring on board, young girls and women who, as a result of cultural practices peculiar to their communities, have been denied access to education over the years.
The Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, stated this during a courtesy visit to the Senator representing Kano North Senatorial Zone at the National Assembly, Abuja, Senator Barau Jibrin.
He called on members of the National Assembly to create awareness among their constituents about the potentials of Open and Distance Learning.
He said this was part of the campaign to take education to the people at the lowest rung of the social ladder.
He explained that such cultural practices had relegated the womenfolk in the northern part of the country to the background and denied them their pride of place in nation-building.
The Vice-Chancellor said with flexible and affordable education being championed by the university, women now have unfettered access to education and this would help remove prejudices.
Responding, Senator Jibrin expressed his readiness to partner with the authorities of the university in spreading the potentials inherent in studying through the open and distance learning mode of education among his constituents.
The Senator, who expressed his interest in the ODL mode of education, disclosed that he had earlier sponsored a bill for a slight amendment of the Act setting up the NOUN in order to further project it as an institution driven by information and communication technology.