By Felix Khanoba
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has commended the massive contributions of Commonwealth to the Nigerian education sector.
Adamu, who gave the commendation in Abuja during the 2018 Commonwealth Day, said Nigeria continues to benefit from the Commonwealth scholarship programmes as well as other schemes aimed at improving the quality of education in the country.
“Nigeria is working in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning to mainstream child-friendly school models and more effective approaches into teacher education curriculum.
“This is based on our belief that the provision of education goes beyond teaching methods and learning outcomes; but that it must also include issues of health, safety and adequacy of school facilities,” Adamu said.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day, “Towards a Common Future,” the minister
expressed government commitment to ensure a better future for Nigerians through the institutionalisation of early childhood care and girl-child education.
He said Nigeria would continue to partner with other Commonwealth states to address the scourge of terrorism and other global challenges including poverty, environmental degradation, climate change, among others.
Also speaking, the Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, urged the government to invest heavily in Federal Government Colleges to promote more unity in the country.
He said that unity of the country would remain a mere dream unless there was platform to engage the youths, even as he stressed the need to enhance sport activities in schools to raise the desired future leaders for the country.
In her message, the Queen and Head of the 53-member states of Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, said shared inheritances helped the Commonwealth to overcome their differences.
The Queen message was read by Mrs. Justina Ibe, Director, Education Support Services, Ministry of Education.
Commonwealth Day is celebrated every Second Monday in the Month of March by 53-nation members across the world.