Written by Godfrey AKON

Korea pledges improved collaboration with Nigeria on UBE

The Korean Government has pledged increased collaboration and partnership with the Nigerian Government towards improved Universal Basic Education, UBE, delivery.

A statement by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, said the commitment was the outcome of the parley between Nigerian and Korean officials during a courtesy visit by the UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi to the Korean Ambassador.

The courtesy call also afforded the UBEC boss the opportunity to bid farewell to Sook Hyun Park, outgoing Country Director, who had been the major Korean official responsible for partnerships with UBEC and other Nigeria education agencies.

During the visit, the officials deliberated on current interventions involving both governments in basic education delivery and emphasized the need to finalize arrangements to install instructional materials already procured for the Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja, Nigeria.

Bobboyyi expressed gratitude to the Korean Government for its pioneering initiative in establishing the Korea-Nigeria UBE Model School located at the Airport Road, Abuja and informed the ambassador of efforts made by UBEC to scale up the model school initiative across the country.

According to him, the Nigerian government is making efforts to replicate the Korean initiative in the six geopolitical zones with the set-up of UBE Model Schools in each geo-political zone and the FCT.

He maintained that the ultimate goal of setting up the UBE Model Schools was to ensure that each State, in the long run, can boast of a standard world class UBE facility.

The Korean Ambassador, His Excellency, Lee In-tae, promised to ensure that the Korea-Nigeria Model School is well maintained and pledged further assistance to the Nigerian government/UBEC in teacher training. He expressed optimism that he will explore other possible areas that are open to partnership with the Nigerian people.

The Officials further pledged renewed commitment to a more robust Korea-Nigeria friendship.



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