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Why Ireland attracts African Students

Bags packed, passports and tickets has been checked and re- checked again, Boma looks at the dusty clock on the wall through the dim light in his bedroom, it’s still midnight, hours more for him to start the journey of his life, Boma’s own future is unknown, but he does know one thing for sure that through hard work and determination he will succeed in his dream to be a banker. Having conquered overcrowded classrooms, poorly trained and underpaid teachers, and a lack of simple teaching tools such as textbooks, blackboards, and pens and paper in Africa, he was prepared to leave loved ones and family behind for better educational opportunities in Ireland that will equip him to have a better life for himself and effect change in his beloved country Nigeria.

Boma comes from the western part of Nigeria, his parents are both hardworking farmers, who believe that with quality education any thing is possible for any child no matter what backgrounds they may have, they believe in the slogan that says “give a child a good education and you have given them the tool for life”. Like many other families from around the world, they chose Ireland for their son because of the history and reputation Irish priests has, with education in most countries, but particularly in African countries.

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The contribution priests to the educational development of most West African countries remains unparalleled, their exemplified commitment to high educational standards and their passion to equip all the locals educationally drove them to use their limited resources to build schools all over the place, and products of these schools were competing favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

Generations of Nigerians best teachers, professors, lawyers, medical doctors and other professionals were trained in schools where these priests taught. Up to 1970, many of the schools in various places in the Southern parts of Nigeria were either established or managed by the Church and priests.

However the emergence of many newly independent nations and civil war of 1966 in Nigeria, plus the forcible acquisition of these schools by the government was practically the death sentence for quality and sound education throughout the country, hence the attraction to Ireland for better educational opportunities.

Written by Evelyn Akpoviroro

Proofed by Dara O’ Conor

Uploaded by Emma Duggan

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