Education Stakeholders Seek Reforms, Policies To Boost Sector In Nigeria
Stakeholders at the maiden edition of the Naija Youth Talk organised by UN Children Education Fund (UNICEF) in Abuja have called for reforms in the Nigeria’s educational system.
The Naija Youth Talk is a program organised by UNICEF and Partners in commemoration of the International Literacy Day. the 2019 International Literacy Day.
The UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at 14th session of UNESCO’s General conference. declared 8 September international literacy day. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967.and it’s aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Celebrations take place in several countries.
The Naija Youth Talk, first of its kind is an event organised by UNICEF’s and its partners where young people come together to discuss and proffer solutions to crucial issues facing them and their peers.
The UNICEF Country Representative, Mr Peter Hawkins who observed that the Nigeria youth population was a key ingredient of nation building, said there was need for government to create the environment that was necessary for youths development and growth.
Mr Hawkins who was represented by UNICEF Chief of Basic Education, Mrs Euphrates Efosie, said the event was organised to build on the momentum of the youths in Nigeria to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Young people today live in a world of unlimited potential. However, despite gains in the situation facing Nigerian children and young people in recent years, much remains to be done.
“In the education sector, which is the focus of today’s brainstorming, our young people wanted an education system with good learning outcomes, where a child with nine years of basic education could read and write.”
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, who urged the youths to put the love of the country at the forefront, cautioned them against the use of social media for fake news.
“Nigeria has many fault lines – Religion, ethnicity, language, nepotism, fake news but despite all these, we must love Nigeria,” he said.
The Founder, Slum2School Africa, Mr Otto Orondaam,said there was the need for reforms in the country’s educational policies and provision of learning materials that would ensure skills programmes were introduced to the curriculum right from basic education.
“It is high time we created a vision for ourselves. It is only when we have vision that we can unite together.”
On his part, the Programme Assistant, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, Mr Musa Musa, called for a country where persons living with disabilities can attain the highest height.
“We want a Nigeria where regardless of your disability, you will excel.”
Also at the event two Young Advocates of Education from Makoko community,Miriam and Emmanuel shared the challenges children in slum communities face as it concerns access to quality education.
“True success is not measured by the number of certificates or wealth you’ve acquired but by the number of lives you’ve affected positively .”