TELECOMMUTING: A PRO-ACTIVE RESPONSE TOWARD ACHIEVING THE FOURTH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN NIGERIA

Paul C. Ikpe, Ugochukwu A. Opara

Abstract


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) is an eclectic but pragmatic goal set by the United Nations to globally, improve human society. Telecommuting or remote working is increasingly, adopted in most modern societies to realize issues of importance. The paper reflected on the mechanism that could ensure equitable quality education for all Nigerians, and established a nexus between telecommuting and education. The paper largely qualitative and exploratory relied on secondary sources and library materials for data generation and analysis. The objectives of the paper include, to demonstrate the utility telecommuting offers in realizing equitable quality education for all Nigerian, and to highlight the challenges associated with telecommuting in a developing country, like Nigeria. Utilizing the Work-Family Border theory, the paper examined the nature of telecommuting in context of the fourth SDGS of the UN. The study found that, telecommuting is a pro-active mechanism that could lead to the realization of quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Nigerians (the fourth SDGS), amongst others. It recommended therefore, that telecommuting should be adopted at all levels of education particularly, secondary and tertiary, and that there should be full-scale digitization of the educational sector in Nigeria to dispel misgivings about the utility of telecommuting. It further recommended that SDGS indicators on equitable quality education at the local level should be reported to the state and federal governments.


Keywords


Telecommuting, Sustainable Development Goals, Education and COVID-19.

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