E-learning in a pandemic era

Exploring the digital gaps and needs of rural secondary schools and remote communities across 6 Nigerian states.


  • GIDEON SEUN OLANREWAJU Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)
  • Abiodun Yetunde Omotosho Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)
  • Olajide Charles Falajiki Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)
  • Godwin Osama Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)




COVID-19, digital gaps, digital needs, e-learning, remote communities


The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a digital economy transition by emphasizing the importance of digital infrastructure while exposing the digital gaps between countries and communities. Inequalities in digital access has impeded educational gains made towards achieving the sustainable development goals. While major studies have been carried out on digital learning there is currently a dearth of knowledge on the digital gaps and needs of students in remote communities in Nigeria. To this end, this study explored the digital gaps and needs of rural secondary schools in remote communities and its implications on e-learning across 6 Nigerian states during the COVID-19 era. The study adopted a concurrent embedded mixed method design approach to collect data from rural secondary schools from 6 Nigerian states. Findings from the study identified lack of ICT strategies and policies in Nigeria, socio-economic status, poor internet connectivity, electricity, and a high poverty level as the major drivers of digital gaps in remote communities.


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Author Biographies

GIDEON SEUN OLANREWAJU, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)

Chief Executive Director

Abiodun Yetunde Omotosho, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer

Olajide Charles Falajiki, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)

Community Engagement Manager

Godwin Osama, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)

Senior Programs Officer


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How to Cite

OLANREWAJU, . G. S., Omotosho, . A. Y., Falajiki, O. C., & Osama, G. (2021). E-learning in a pandemic era: Exploring the digital gaps and needs of rural secondary schools and remote communities across 6 Nigerian states. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 9(5), 696–710. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.vol9.iss5.3136