Written by Godfrey AKON

Nigeria partners Commonwealth on child-friendly school models

As Nigeria joins 53 Commonwealth nations to celebrate the 2018 Commonwealth Day, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said the country is working in partnership with the organisation to mainstream child-friendly school models.


Adamu, who stated this in Abuja at the 2018 Commonwealth Day celebration, said the government is also partnering other member nations to work on ensuring effective approaches into teacher education curriculum and to strengthen girl Child Education in the country.


The Minister noted that these efforts were based on government’s 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.


While commending the Commonwealth for its massive contributions to the Nigerian education sector, he 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 to mainstream child friendly school models and more effective approaches into teacher education curriculum.  


“In common with all members of the Commonwealth, Nigeria is committed to developing and strengthening its human capital by institutionalizing early childhood care and education, providing equitable and inclusive access to quality education and training,” he said.


Adamu, who spoke on the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Day: “Towards a Common Future,” expressed government commitment to ensure a better future for Nigerians through the institutionalisation of early childhood care and girl-child education.


In his remarks, 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.A message from the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, which was read by Director, Education Support Services, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Justina Ibe, noted that shared inheritance helped the Commonwealth to overcome their differences.


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