‘Strong joint effort ‘ll end out-of-school children problem’

By Felix Khanoba

The Federal Government says putting in place collaborative effort by government and relevant stakeholders in the nation’s education sector is a sure bet in ending the problem of out-of-school children in the country.

Mrs Adejoke Adefulire, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said this in Abuja at an event to commemorate this year’s International Day of Education (IDE) organised by government, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other international development partners.

The presidential aide restated the promise of Federal Government to support all-inclusive education, saying ongoing renovation of some primary and secondary schools across the country testified to the commitment.

Adefulire, who stressed the importance of education in unlocking human potentials, expressed the need to wage relentless war on the problems that are giving rise to millions of children not getting education.

She lamented that out of over 10.3 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, 60per cent of them are girls.

“We must do everything humanly possible, everything politically possible and every support and partnership that we can gather, every movement that we can make to ensure that all children in Nigeria return to school,” Adefulire said. “The Federal Ministry of Education has announced that 10 million out-of-school children be returned to school.

“So we are going to work together with the Federal Ministry of Education and sub-national governments to ensure that all hands are on deck.”

Also speaking at the event, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the ministry was working with stakeholders to ensure the implementation of its much touted Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) to tackle education woes in the country.

Represented by Joel Ojo, director, tertiary education, Adamu said that the ministry had already adopted strategies for the speedy implementation of the plan.

“The administration of President Muhammudu Buhari is committed to quality education. “To this effect, the Ministerial Strategic Plan 2018-2022, titled ‘education for change’ was developed to address the challenges confronting education sector,’’ he said.

The AUTHORITY reports that the 2020 International Day of Education with the theme, ‘Learning for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace,’ highlights the integrated nature of education, its humanistic aims as well as its centrality to collective development ambitions.

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