Aminat Isah, Abuja.
The Federal government says it has placed high premium on the attainment of qualitative education for all her citizenry irrespective of age, agenda, geographical and cultural settings.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, at the 1st edition of the convergence education summit held in Abuja on Tuesday.
He noted that government believes that Nigeria’s education system must prepare its children for the responsibilities of citizenship and national development, adding that the Ministerial Strategic Plan, (MSP), has mapped out plans to resolve the challenges in the education sector focusing on addressing out-of-school children phenomenon.
“This is the first time we are collaborating with a Nigeria in the Diaspora to hold a national summit towards addressing the challenges that exist in our public education.
Adamu said: “The Ministerial Strategic Plan, (MSP), has mapped out plans to resolve the challenges in the education sector focusing on addressing out-of-school children phenomenon; strengthening basic and secondary education; capacity- building and professional development of teachers; adult literacy and special needs education; education data and planning; curriculum and academic standard; technical and Vocational Education and training, quality and access in higher education; ICT in education and library services.
“The attainment of this plan requires a convergence of interventions from public and private sectors within and outside the country. This collaboration, therefore, with Educorp would to hold this summit is indicative of government’s openness and readiness to work with well-meaning Nigerians and other development partners.”
The summit, with the theme: “new shifts in education as a result of the new Dynamics in our world today” is also very timely as it aligns with the current drive to reposition the education sector to play a central role in making a positive difference in the lives of the citizens and in the prosperity and competitiveness of the nation.
The Minister who was represented by Adamu who was represented by, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Ogunlana noted that the education sector is plagued with so many challenges.
“Some of the challenges include dearth of textbooks and other instructional materials, inadequate teachers training and support leading to poor quality of teachers, dearth of qualified technical teachers, dilapidated and inadequate classrooms, lack of tools and equipment for technical and vocational education, poor data for educational planning and administration, dearth of critical ICT infrastructure and services, low access to tertiary education due to insufficient institutions, multiplicity of curriculum-related issues, dearth of innovation in education delivery, problem of out-of-school children, poor funding, among others.”
“Having been the first time we the ministry is collaborating with a Nigerian in Diaspora to hold a national summit towards educational sustainability and competitiveness, he urged other stakeholders in the education sector to take a cue and support the government”, the Minister said.
The Founder, Educorp World Inc. Prof. Adeyombo Aderinto in his remarks said the convergence will give room for actions to drive public education initiatives, with more and urgent attention to be given to all aspects of public education.
On the issue of curriculum, he stressed that things are changing in the world and as such, the curriculum should also change, adding that constant revisiting as well as update is needed to make the curriculum flexible, current and able respond to change.