Written by Godfrey AKON

Nigeria launches 2017/2018 global education monitoring report

Nigeria has launched the 2017/2018 global education monitoring report with support from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who launched the report in Abuja, said the annual report has become a good platform for self-evaluation by countries and opportunity to identify gaps for possible remediation.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sunny Echono, the minister commended UNESCO and other partners for their support in generating the annual report which has as its theme “Accountability in Education; meeting our commitment.

Speaking further, Adamu said his ministry has successfully aligned its 10 Pillars of the Ministerial Strategic Plan, 2016 – 2019, to the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG4, targets and organized several sensitization meetings /workshops for stakeholders to ensure effective implementation.

The minister, who said various agencies under the ministry have many success stories regarding their specific interventions towards achieving the targets of the 10 Pillars, added that efforts had been made to bridge the gender gap in enrolment, retention and completion by addressing the problem of girl-child education, meeting the challenges of inadequacy and low teacher quality.

He stated that 222 female students were awarded special scholarships, 330 laptop computers distributed to female students in the Federal Unity Schools as well as training of principals and teachers in classroom management using ICT which were accomplished under the SDG4 project.

He further disclosed that a 10 – year education plan was being developed under the Nigeria –UNESCO Plan of Cooperation, adding that efforts were also being made to commence the 2nd phase of Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy in Nigeria which will among other things, increase the number of youth and adults with relevant skills.

Earlier, the Director, UNESCO Regional Office Abuja, Mr. YDO Yao, said the global launch of the report was performed in Brazil on October, 24, 2017

According to him, government must ensure that the right to education is enforceable through adequate public awareness of the right to education, legal support from civil society organizations and action to complement right protection for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

 

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