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Education, a basic right for all children

Education, a basic right for all children
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UNICEF says education remains a basic right for all Nigerian children.

The United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have been so critical about the need to ensure that children enjoy quality education. As seen as a basic right, it is again being stressed, as incorporated in the Nigeria Child Act 2003, Act 15, as well as the United Nations Convention for the rights of children 1989, Article 28. These act gives children the right to education, and very important thing directly prompting us to our roles as duty bearers, responsible for actualizing this right that is critical for the developmental outcome of every children in the society.

Unfortunately, Nigeria continues to significantly fall short, compared to other countries of similar developmental status. Recently, the education sector has witnessed continued complications due to attacks and the ongoing nationwide ASUU strike. Dr. Judith Giwa-Amu, one of UNICEF’s educational officers revisited the recurring issue surrounding children education at a workshop, which took place in Yola, with the purpose of educating stakeholders on measures to dissipate the best practices of education in emergencies, in regards to resilience among education functionaries in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY).

Nigeria’s OSC cases of inadequate progress and rapid population growth.

According to UNICEF’s report, Nigeria has witnessed the most population of out-of-school (OSC) cases, with over 18 million children. This situation continues to linger as a result of the progressive inadequacies and rapid population growth. Nigeria also continues to fall behind in the Human Development Index, with education indicators impending progress. Dr. Judith Giwa-Amu stated that numerous countries like Indonesia have recorded immense growth in their Human Development Index because they continue to make huge investments, as well as taking advantage of the dividends in the demographics.

Nigeria continues to record the most OSC compared to every other countries globally. UNICEF further records that 1 in every 3 children are out-of-school victims (which make up for the 18 million OSC), as well as 1 of every 2 in west and central Africa are from Nigeria. This illustrates how deeply this issue has ravaged the country’s educational sector and on the wider spectrum, Nigeria’s Human Development Index. This workshop which was organized by the Federal Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Adamawa State University Basic Education is said to have made participants take cognizance of the significant educational investment as a means to fight poverty and inequality in Nigeria, and globally.

Sharing experiences, very crucial in stimulating weaker education systems.

UNICEF, on ensuring a reform in the education status quo, also noted the need for education functionaries as important role bearers to be well equipped with knowledge designed to help them perform their duties, especially in these times of emergencies. It also hammered on the fact that sharing of experiences and best practices plays an important role of stimulating weaker educational systems, as well as serving as a roadmap for replicating these practices, whilst making creating a sacrosanct space for adaptation and contextualization of Education in Emergency (EIE).

Towards ensuring an improved governmental leadership and integration of Education in Emergency (EIE) under the design of The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and The Federal Ministry of Education, there was an agreement aimed at partnering in systemic human and institutional capacity for improved education in emergency management in the Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states respectively. Dr Judith Giwa-Amu however gave UNICEF’s full approval of the program, as well as appreciating the efforts of the state team towards the replication of the state contextualized version of this outcome.

Education functionaries have been exposed to sector’s best practices.

Dr. Li Giginna, Director of Education Support Service, Ministry of Education also asserted that due to the 2020 agreement which was aimed at partnering in systemic and institutional capacity development for an improved Education in Emergency (EIE) management in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states, GPE using Education in Emergency programs, with the support of UNICEF, have Been able to successfully expose education functionaries immense experiences and best practices of the education sector which have ensured an improved qualitative level of education in the North Eastern states, even in spite of the security challenges that have ravaged the region.


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Abusi
Abusi
5 months ago

Every child has the right to education. We need to give them opportunity to become literate in the society. There is need to revitalise the way our children think through education. This is because education is the best policy.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
5 months ago

We are required to adhere to this legislation, which guarantees that all children have the right to an education and is a very significant factor that directly prompts us to fulfil our functions as responsibility bearers.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
5 months ago

This fundamental right, which is essential for the maturation of each and every child in the society, is the province of the state, and it is their job to ensure that it is respected.

Remi1
Remi1
5 months ago

The so-called “giant of Africa” continues to dramatically lag behind other countries with a comparable developmental status, which is not how things are supposed to be for Nigeria.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
5 months ago

This problem of inadequate educational opportunities for children in this country persists as a direct consequence of both the ongoing shortfalls in resources and the burgeoning population.

jdpumping
jdpumping
5 months ago

Education is as basic right if every child in Nigeria but how many children are enjoying those rights instead education has been bastardize in my dear nation,the youths are reduced to nothing and left suffering from injustices melted out by the so called leaders.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
5 months ago

Participants in Basic Education are stated to have gained an awareness of the significance of educational investment as a method to combat poverty and inequality in Nigeria and around the world as a result of this programme.

Christiana
Christiana
5 months ago

Education is important in every aspect of a child’s life, Nigeria has always been taking the lead when it comes to level of illiteracy. The ministry of education really need to sit up and work on this.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
5 months ago

In spite of the severe security problems that have plagued the North Eastern states, the federal government need to make it a priority to raise the quality of the educational system there.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
5 months ago

Education has always been a major drawback in this country, especially in the northern part of Nigeria, where they believe educating girls is waste of money.

Bola12
Bola12
5 months ago

Education is one the factors that will determine how great this country will be in the future, the government should take a step further in ensuring those northerners see a new perspective of f education and how important it is

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
5 months ago

Education is one of the key aspect that make a country great, if the citizen are been educated it will help the society. We need to improve our education system there are some part that doesn’t value education which they are wrong the government have to show them that education is very important

DimOla
DimOla
5 months ago

You see there is a great problem in this country unless the President, Governors of every state in Nigeria, National Assembly, the Senate,all government office have all their children in Nigerian school and it should be mandated that for them that to work in government offices or hold public post in Nigeria all your children must be schooling in Nigeria. This is the only way you can solve the educational crises that we are experiencing now.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
5 months ago

In every phase of a child’s life, education is crucial. The educational agencies has to take notice and start figuring out how to inculcate the light of education and its impact on every child for the benefit of the future.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
5 months ago

Education is every important to every child growing up. Education gives them sense of belonging and good reasoning in the society. Education is the key. We need good education in government schools. Yes we have free education but the teachers in some government schools need to be serious in their duties.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
5 months ago

Though the UNICEF says education remains a basic right for all Nigerian children but our government is not acting that line. They are making education to be more expensive. In their days education was free. Now they’ve made education difficult for the common man. They send their children abroad to school and refuse to attend to the challenges we are presently experiencing in the educational system of Nigeria.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
5 months ago

Education will set these children on the right path of life, the government needs to collaborate with UNICEF to achieve this.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
5 months ago

The method in which our youngsters think must be revitalised through education, and the government must make this a priority and a must.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
5 months ago

Education is as basic right if every child in Nigeria but the problem of inadequate educational facilitators and facilities for children in this country is a real concern. The govt need to make it a priority to raise the quality of the educational system in the country and give necessary support as deserved.

theApr
theApr
5 months ago

Education is very crucial, it brightens the mind. There are a lot of challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria. The government need to ensure quality education and raise the standard as well.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
5 months ago

Education suppose to be a basic right for all citizens and it must be compulsory, affordable and accessible to all citizen especially from primary to secondary level but in Nigeria alot of things happen that make all these characteristics not reachable.The government not been sincere, poverty level is very high and the most unfortunate problem is insecurity.

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