Nigeria’s educational system is riddled with issues and challenges, leading it to have the highest number of out-of-school children in the world. Not only have these issues and challenges led to a high number of out-of-school children, but it has also led to an increase in national poverty and illiteracy rates. Research points to the fact that these challenges result from a lack of quality and accessible basic education in Nigeria. It also indicates that rural areas are often the most vulnerable and affected when it comes to receiving quality and accessible education. This study focused on the rural area of Oke Ogun, which is located in Oyo State, Nigeria. This qualitative study described the current challenges within Nigeria’s educational system and, by interviewing educational professionals in Oke Ogun, identified best practices to improve Nigeria’s educational system within rural areas. Through the data collected in this study, the researcher was able to propose recommendations on how the government and educational leaders in Nigeria can contribute to the improvement of Nigeria’s educational system, particularly in rural areas.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Education -- Nigeria -- Oke Ogun (Oyo State); Oke Ogun (Oyo State, Nigeria) -- Education; Education, Rural -- Nigeria -- Oke Ogun (Oyo State) -- Case studies

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School Affiliation

Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Faculty Advisor

Farzin Madjidi

Second Advisor

Gabriella Miramontes

Third Advisor

Maria Brahme