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Positioning the Education Sector for a Resilient Future post Covid-19: A Systemic Deep Dive

This report seeks to understand the Nigerian education (applies LICs & NEEs) & identify leverage points where we can begin to affect change.

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Our guiding star—that aspiration or vision we have for the system and how it functions—is a strategy / solution which improves resilience in the education sector.

We wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the education sector, with the goal of developing more effective strategy. We began with a framing question “How might we help educators, parents, and students adapt to remote learning while also using this moment to radically re imagine what we need our education system to be?”

We began with an in-depth review of major reports and the academic literature, which helped us design a convening where individuals who represent different parts of the system were interviewed.

Note that the factors that we identified in our analysis are currently functioning inside the system being careful to exclude aspirational and hypothetical factors in understanding the current system. 

Systemic Problem Statement

The current system serves to degrade the education system and make it less feasible to adopt remote / online learning. 

We are trying to move from a system that serves to degrade the education system and make it less feasible to adopt remote / online learning to a system that enables students from the public schools to access remote learning options while improving the resilience of the education system.

Opportunities for Leverage

In order to identify where we can start making change in the system, we analyzed the factors at play using the following criteria;

Where is the system frozen?

To identify this, we searched for places where the behavior of the system is deeply entrenched and unlikely to change in the near future.

Economic downturn turned out to be a factor in the freezing of our system. This is due to the economic reality of the country at the moment. Ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of oil prices, coupled with the looming possibility of a global recession, an economic upturn seems far-fetched.

Where is there pent-up energy for change? 

Identifying this, we looked for places where energy is disrupting the status quo or trying to reorganize and create new patterns.

We found that students were willing to learn and try out remote / online learning options, but that energy seems to be suppressed as a result of an unconducive learning environment, financial constraints, infrastructure and human constraints faced by their parents / caregivers.

Where are places that seem like a mixed bag (Meaning places with both good and bad elements)?

To assess this, we looked for factors that could swing either positive or negative in our system and poor operating efficiency (educators), Contentious approach by teachers to adopt remote learning and Crowd funding from parents stood out.

Poor operating efficiency (educators)

On the positive side, it could encourage educators to optimize their efficiency in adapting to remote / online learning while, on the negative side, it could lead to a deterioration of the education system.

Contentious approach by teachers to adopt remote learning

On the positive side, it could encourage educators to provide teaching infrastructure to support remote / online learning while, on the negative side, it could lead to an increase in unemployment and learning discontinuity.

Crowd funding from parents

On the positive side, it could enable availability of infrastructure to aid remote / online learning while on the negative side, it adds to the financial constraints for the parents.

Where are the places that seem like bright spots?

To identify this, we looked for places where positive change is already happening.

Government support, such as the roll-out of TV and radio education programs to engage students in a number of states, partnering with ed-tech entrepreneurs to provide remote / online learning platforms and increasing interest from tech entrepreneurs in the education sector to provide solutions to support remote / online learning.

Where are you seeing ripple effects? 

Identifying this, we looked for strong factors and dynamics which have the potential to affect many other factors or dynamics downstream.

The economic downturn (government fiscal deficit), the revenue backlash and the increase in unemployment have all been shown to have a crippling effect on the dynamics of the system and would worsen if these vicious factors were allowed to fester.


We developed ideas on how to take advantage of potential leverage opportunities. They are articulated in the form of hypotheses that explain the link between the parts of the system that could be engaged, how we expect these actions to affect key dynamics, and how they would contribute to a broader, longer-term change in the system.

Read the full report here

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

The existing school curriculum, it's way too old and stoic...the Montessori method is accepted. Radically innovative subjects and learning methods that solve today's challenges and give rise to possibilities for tomorrow must be widely embraced...

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

CliMatr is a business management consulting firm that provides creative and eco-friendly management solutions to help start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) accelerate organizational development through a system-based sustainable approach. Learn more about us here 

The onset of COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on trade and economies with virtually all organizations across a wide range of industries affected. But one sector that has not received as much publicity as the Commercial Sector and the Health Sector is the Education Sector. 

It is understood that the former poses an immediate threat to the population, but the latter has a crippling and long-lasting effect that far surpasses both.  

We undertook this study to put the spotlight on the affected stakeholders like the schools/teachers, the pupils and their parents of majorly public primary and secondary schools as they make up a larger chunk of the educational sector. 

What region are you located in?

  • Western Africa

Where are you located?

We are Located at 1,Grandmate Street Jakande Estate, off church street, Ejigbo Lagos State Nigeria.

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Many thanks for sharing the detailed report.

You might want to explore the PDF on my post titled "Applying Iceberg model in the education system" that will provide you another systemic perspective and provide education methods that are available for use at different different leverage points namely at the mental model level which offers the highest leverage, next at the level of the structure of the education system and finally the lowest leverage point which is the pattern level of the education system.

Happy to explore if we can work together to solve systemic problems in the education system.