FG will internalize the global summit on education | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Federal Government has expressed its willingness to internalize the direction of the World Education Summit by placing education at the top of the agenda of the nation’s political leaders.

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. David Adejo, said so during the 2nd Nigeria National Consultation of the Transforming Education Summit (TES) in Abuja on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the UN convened a TES in September 2022, aimed at mobilizing action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to transform education by 2030.

Adejo said the federal government was interested in implementing the summit’s goal of transforming the country’s education sector.

“If we spend more money on education, we will meet global education demands.

“We must ensure that we fully recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shown us the possibility of improving education.

“We also need to address school exclusion, safety and health issues by focusing on girls’ education, out-of-school children and learners with disabilities.

“We need to create an environment conducive to technical education. The country needs to start balancing technical education with what we do.

“That is why the government encourages institutions to balance the needs of industry with what is produced by universities,” he said.

Adejo also said the government is prioritizing the teaching profession by raising the teaching age for teachers and giving scholarships to their children.

He promised that scholarships for children of teachers would start in 2023.

“When we were growing up, the most important person in our communities then was the teachers, but that’s not the case today.

“So we need to transform the teaching profession in a way that we can have more teachers interested in the profession,” he said.

The permanent secretary, however, called for private funding of education because public funding can never be sustainable.

The Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr. Chris Maiyaki, while speaking on the overview of TES, said the summit will renew the global commitment to education .

Maiyaki said it would also help build on the huge gains made from Nigeria’s active and notable participation in the pre-summit, which was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

According to him, the second national consultation aims to broaden the consultation, enrich and harmonize our national statement as well as take stock of Nigeria’s co-leadership role with Romania.

“It is expected that at the end of this consultation, we will have developed a common vision, a renewed commitment and realigned actions, enough to bring our full weight to the global effort to transform education from here. 2030.

“There is also a need to focus on much-needed policy, planning and budgetary changes to recover learning losses, get SDG4 back on track and reinvent education in the future,” he said.

Meanwhile, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Mattias Schmale, said the summit was a key initiative to transform education to achieve accelerated progress and inclusive education throughout life.

Schmale, represented by UNESCO Regional Education Advisor Mamadou Lamine-Sow, said there was a need to keep children safe in school and to make education affordable.

He said education transformation will only happen if teachers are professionalized, trained, motivated and supported to drive the process of guiding learners towards their goals.

He called on policy makers to prioritize the cost of learning and provide teachers and education staff with good working conditions for professionally qualified teaching.

Education Minister Mallam Adamu Adamu commended global partners for their commitment to education development in the country.

Adamu, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Goodluck Opiah said the federal government will consolidate the synergy to advance the country’s education sector.

Helen D. Jessen