Written by Godfrey AKON

FG wants UNESCO to sustain interventions

The Nigerian Government has called on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organisation, UNESCO, to sustain its educational interventions and those in other critical areas in the country.

Speaking during the inauguration of a Ministerial Committee on Implementation of the Nigeria-UNESCO Plan of Cooperation, phase II in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, lauded the global body for the success of its first phase of the project.

Echono noted that UNESCO’s intervention in four key areas were in tandem with the present administration’s economic recovery and growth plan, ERGP, according to a statement by the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Willie Bassey.

He said the key areas of intervention include: promoting access to quality education for out-of-school children, strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, promoting Teacher Competency standards and support for Mass Education Programme in Phase II.

The Perm Sec charged members of the committee to critically study the proposals for the four projects in the Special Plan of Cooperation, Phase II and come up with suggestions on implementation for the overall benefit of the teeming school-age-children, teachers and the nation at large.

Earlier, the Director, Educational Planning and Research Department, EPRD, Mrs. Chioma Nwadei charged the Ministerial Committee on UNESCO, to explore every possible avenue for funding in order to kick-start the projects

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