e-Learning comments Nigeria

Biopolis – Sustainable Urban Development 2011

I consider every part of the course very valuable, however, the chapter on “Economy and Capacity Building” has given me further ideas to apply to policy issues in my country. Most of the examples used are from developed countries and it would be helpful if examples of developing countries could also be given along with ways in which they can be achieved. Uyoyoghene Ugherughe, Nigeria

Librarianship is the mother of other courses. The materials covered in this course increased my knowledge base especially in the areas of urban development, environmental issues and environmental protection. The biopolicy courses have helped me to serve my library users better and have given me an edge over other librarians. Anyanwu Queeneth, Head Librarian, African Institute for Applied Economics, Nigeria

I have gained knowledge and skills on planning urban cities sustainably while improving the socio-economic wellbeing of urban dwellers. This knowledge will help me contribute to making policies and laws that will promote sustainable environmental and economic development in Nigeria. The most valuable aspect of the course is the concept of green building and sustainable urbanization. Oloto Martin, Special Adviser to the Deputy President of the Senate, National Assembly complex Abuja, Nigeria

Food, Agriculture and the Environment 2011-2013

I write articles on the environment, water and, now climate change has taken centre stage. The course on Food, Agriculture and the Environment has broadened my knowledge of their interrelationship and, more importantly, on the issues of agricultural sustainability/forest resources conservation that are addressed by the UN-REDD+ programme. Also, I now know more about biotechnology and food security. This knowledge will enrich my reports. Bennett Oghifo, Correspondent, THISDAY Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria

The material covered in this course will help me in my work when I am setting up training components at the centre. We continue to explore the introduction of more skill and training opportunities in the field of agriculture. All the topics were valuable; however, I will continue to explore more ideas for generating non farm incomes, which is a part of integrated farm management for the community of women who are the target group of our project. Cordelia Adamu, Project Manager BPW/TY DANJUMA Foundation: Study and Skills Center Pyakasa,Abuja, Business and Professional Women(BPW) Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria

The materials in this course enhanced my knowledge of the impact of agriculture on the environment and vice versa, food production, food security and the policies governing these. Titilola Adisa, President – BPW Lagos Club, International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW), Lagos, Nigeria

As usual, the Biopolitics course helped broaden my knowledge generally. But, more specifically, as a Librarian working in a research institution, “Food, Agriculture and the Environment” has equipped me for meeting visitors’ informational needs better, especially those in the Agriculture Economics department. I remain always grateful to the Biopolitics e-learning Team. I consider the Biotechnology (chapter 5) aspect of the course most interesting but not more valuable than the others because the whole course is sound and valuable. Biotechnology was interesting to me because it was the first time I came across the term in agriculture and the subject matter was exciting to me. I never knew that crops can be bioengineered to produce higher yields. I also think that this process can be helpful for food security, especially if it is applied in developing countries. As a librarian, I can suggest to researchers areas such as sustainable food security measures which are especially important in developing countries where the problem of hunger is very serious. Queeneth O Ekeocha, African Institute for Applied Economics, Enugu, Nigeria

Every aspect of this course is very important and useful to me. The course material from module 1 to 9 will be of great use for achieving my proposed large scale urban farm and for its implementation. As a senior technical officer in Abuja Geographic Information systems, getting agricultural farmland allocated from the government is not a big issue but basic knowledge of implementation has been a major setback. Many thanks to the organisers of this course and am look forward to taking part in future training in the field of agriculture. Thank you so much. Shola Ezekiel Owokoniran, Senior Technical Officer (STO), Abju Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Abju, Nigeria

I write articles on the environment and water, and, now climate change has taken center stage. The course on Green Salaries has broadened my knowledge of the inter-relationship of these issues and aspects of environmental conservation and business growth, as well as the future of the green economy. Bennett Oghifo, Correspondent, THISDAY Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria

This course is enlightening. Personally, I did not know, before now, that there can be opportunities in environmental issues like climate change/global warming, land degradation, etc. This course is also all-inclusive. Recently, I became a member of the research fellows of my institution, and basically, we carry out research on social issues like these. The materials are current, qualitative and rich in literature. Basically, my knowledge on climate change, especially regarding the opportunities offered by climate change mitigation, has been broadened. The impact cannot be measured, as my contribution to our research cannot be quantified. Every chapter of the course thrills me, especially green salaries, bio-tourism, art and environment, green buildings, green employment in the transport sector. Finally, I want to use this opportunity to thank the initiator of this program, Prof. A. Vlavianos Arvanitis, for her efforts to bring this course to beneficiaries like me free of charge. More powers to your elbow. Once again, I appreciate you and your team. Anyanwu Queeneth Odichi, Librarian, African Institute for Applied Economics, Nigeria

Green Salary 2010-2011

The course gave me insight on things I can do to generate employment, especially in a country like Nigeria where many youths are either unemployed or underemployed. In addition it has given me ideas on new areas of advocacy that I can bring into my organisation’s work. I will be happy if a mentoring programme can be set up for the purpose of those whom are willing to promote some of these ideas in their countries. Uyoyoghene Ugherughe, Nigeria

The course has exposed me to the concept of green salaries and environmental protection in curbing unemployment, especially in rural areas where more than 70% of the Nigerian population lives. As a legislative to deputy senate president in Nigeria, I will contribute to the formulation of polices and laws that will enhance the concept of green salaries. This knowledge will also help me in setting up regulations that will discourage the over-dependence on technologies with high emission of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which worsen the impact of climate change. The most valuable aspect of the course was green jobs in Agriculture and Forestry since the main source of livelihood for most Nigerians is agriculture. Employing green technologies in Agriculture will improve yields and also encourage sustainable economic development. Martin Oloto, Special Assistant, National Assembly Abuja, Nigeria

Sustainable Forest Protection and Management 2011-2013

The course has broadened my view about the forest environment. It also reveals how to protect forests from being eroded and the knowledge of when thinning and weeding are necessary for trees so as to have enough nutrients for proper growth. What I consider the most valuable aspect of this course is the awareness of forestry in rural development. This not only alleviates poverty by creating employment, it also serves recreational purposes which is of economic value to the local communities. The knowledge I acquired through this course will help me to advise those working in a nearby forest on how they could manage the forest effectively to make it a tourist centre. Lillian Nwakaku Edeh, Director of Personnel Management, Local Government Service Commission, Enugu State, Nigeria

Generally, the course added to my existing knowledge. It is a new area in my career. The most valuable aspect of the course was silviculture, which implies the agriculture of trees. As a librarian, I can refer the topic to researchers for further research. Queeneth O Ekeocha, Librarian, African Institute for Applied Economics, Enugu State, Nigeria