ERIC Number: ED412963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Information for All: Resource Generation and Information Repackaging in Nigerian Schools.
Dike, Virginia; Amucheazi, Nancy O.
Is a developing country like Nigeria information rich or information poor? The first impression is of scarcity, but a closer examination reveals unexplored riches. There is a wealth of information in the oral tradition, but it is not found in schools and libraries. There is information in libraries, but language and reading level make it inaccessible to school children. This paper looks at the role libraries might play in resolving the information dilemma in Nigerian primary schools. It explores the use of resource generation from oral tradition, and information repackaging from oral and written sources, in creating an information and knowledge rich environment for all children. A project in a rural primary school in Nguru was conducted to develop resources from information available within the community, repackage information not accessible to children in its current form, and help children learn how to find and utilize information from a variety of sources. Findings include: (1) Nigeria has a wealth of oral indigenous information; (2) Nigerian children face many obstacles to learning; (3) information repackaging is one way of overcoming these obstacles; (4) adequate information cannot be found within the school; (5) children can begin developing information skills without literacy; and (6) information repackaging can be used to promote reading. (Contains 20 references.) (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Developing Nations, Educational Strategies, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries, Illiteracy, Information Processing, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Information Utilization, Libraries, Library Role, Literacy, Oral History, Oral Tradition, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria