Stakeholders in the education sector say to achieve accelerated progress towards SDG4 and education transformation, all education personnel must be professionalized, trained, motivated, and supported in all setting.
Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) is about inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The achievement of SDG 4 is therefore dependent on teachers, trainers, and other education personnel within a well resourced, efficient and effectively governed systems.
Speaking at the second National Consultation on Transforming Education Summit (TES) in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr David Adejo, said
Nigeria’s interest lies in the application of the targets of the summit by elevating education on the top of the nation’ political agenda.
Adejo noted that education is currently not on the top of political leaders’ agenda but Nigeria is taking advantage of the global momentum to form more partnerships to inform solutions on the challenges facing the country’s education sector.
Adejo also said, there is a need to create a balance between classroom education and online education in order to address education exclusion and mental health deficits.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said the Transforming Education Summit whose aim is to seek commitments and action of stakeholders to create an education workforce in a manner that is sustainable and achievable is a step in the right direction.
Adamu who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Nanah Opiah commended global partners for their commitment and support to the development of the Nigerian education sector.
The Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Chris Maiyaki, while speaking on TES, said the summit would renew global commitment to education.
Maiyaki also said it would also help in leveraging the gains recorded from Nigeria’s active and notable participation at the pre-Summit, which was held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
According to the Deputy ES, the second national consultation seeks to broaden consultation, enrich and harmonise national statement as well as get an update on Nigeria’s co-leadership role with Romania.
“It is envisaged that at the end of this consultation, we would have developed a common vision, renewed commitment and re-aligned actions, enough to put our weight behind the global effort to transform education between now and 2030.
“It is also necessary to focus on the much-needed policy, planning and budgetary changes necessary to recover learning losses, get SDG4 back on track and re-imagine education into the future,” he said.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Mattias Schmale for his part said that the summit is aimed at arriving at initiatives towards transforming education to achieve accelerated progress.
Schmale, represented by the UNESCO Regional Education Advisor, Mamadou Lamine- Sow, said there is a need to ensure schools are affordable for children while their safety is kept paramount.
He urge decision makers to priotise the cost of learning, as well as provide teachers and education personnel with conducive working environment.
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