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Cambridge University Press opens for business in Nigeria
Cambridge University Press last week opened their newest office in Lagos, Nigeria, where they will be producing locally produced, affordable education materials for the Nigerian curriculum.
The launch was celebrated alongside many notable guests of honour: Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, Peter Phillips; Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Professor Ismail Junaido; former Federal Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwezilli; and local primary school children from the University of Lagos Women’s Society School.
Peter Phillips said at the launch:
‘Our aim is to give every primary school pupil and every secondary student in Nigeria the opportunity to share in, and benefit from the pedagogical standards and commitment to excellence which Cambridge University and its Press has had for many centuries.’
He also spoke about the Press’s legacy of Nigerian publishing:
‘We have published many academic books with Nigerian authors. I'm particularly proud that we published two of Nigeria's finest twentieth century authors: Wole Soyinka, Africa's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Chinua Achebe, author of the most widely read book in modern African literature (Things Fall Apart).’
The Press had previously had a major presence in Nigeria after the country’s independence in the 1960s but had to withdraw during the civil war. Its endorsed material for Cambridge International Exams continued to be available throughout this time, but now, the Press is expanding its offering with local curriculum material for all Nigerian schools.
All Press teaching and learning materials for the Nigerian educational market will be produced locally, and will be widely available at affordable costs.
Rod Smith, Managing Director for Education at the Press said: ‘Cambridge has decades of experience supporting ministries of education all over the world with training and quality control for the development of their own learning and assessment materials which is why we are so confident that through working collaboratively with ministers, educators, teachers and students alike, we can make a positive impact.’
A huge effort has gone into getting the Nigeria operation ready for launch over the last 18 months. An extraordinary 111 books covering Primary 1 to senior Secondary 3 in English, Mathematics and the Sciences have been published. The accessible, affordable, high-quality content has been developed by a team of Nigerian and international experts in accordance with the Nigerian Educational and Research Development Council Curriculum and Schemes of Work.
Lawrence Aladesuyi, Cambridge University Press country manager in Nigeria said: ‘The aim of this programme is to give every learner in Nigeria the opportunity to share in and benefit from the gold-standard tradition and contemporary relevance of the University of Cambridge’
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