Education in Emergency will aid the continuity of learning in emergency periods.
The Nigeria Child Rights Act 2003, Article 15 and the UN Convention for the Rights of Children 1989, Article 28, entrenched to ensure the right of children to quality education, prioritize the role of children, emphasizing on the responsibility of duty bearers towards the achievement of the rights, which is essential for the developmental outcomes of the country. Also, the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, asides affirming the right of every child to education, stresses the need for every child to develop their potential, learning respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Dr. Judith Giwa-Amu, UNICEF, Education Officer, Abuja, at a workshop organized for the education of relevant stakeholders on how to disseminate best practices in education in emergencies regarding resilience among education functionaries in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY), that took place in Yola, stated that the over 18 million population of Nigeria’s out of school children suffers stagnancy as a result of inadequate progress and fast growing population. Accordingly, Nigeria falls behind in Human Development Index, deriving its drop from education indicators.
Nigeria has the most Out of School Children in the world.
Across the globe, Nigeria remains the country with the most Out of School Children (OSC), with one in three children out of school. The country marks a record of 15 percent out of school children globally, giving it the total number of 18.5 million, 60 percent of whom are girls. Also, regardless of the officially free and compulsory primary education, over 10.5 million Nigerian children, aged 5-14 are absent in school, the highest in the world.
The workshop, organized by the Federal Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Adamawa State Universal Basic Education, supported by UNICEF, has participants who mentioned the relevance of education investment in addressing poverty and inequality in Nigeria, the region, and the globe. At the workshop, UNICEF included that the significance of education functionaries to take up roles as key duty bearers, be adequately equipped with knowledge and skills to enable them to deliver their duties, is mandatory due to the emergency at hand.
There should be sharing of practices to strengthen educational systems.
In addition, the workshop emphasized on the sharing of experiences and best practices which aid the strengthening of weaker educational systems, forming a roadmap to remaking those practices, and ensuring there is room for adaptation and contextualization of Education in Emergency (EIE). In a bid to reinforce government leadership and coordination of Education in Emergency (EIE), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Federal Ministry of Education reached an agreement, in 2020, to partner in systemic human and institutional capacity for the improvement of the management of education in emergencies in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states.
Dr Giwa-Amu disclosed that UNICEF, in its duty bearer role as Grant Manager approves the program, with appreciation of state teams who were present at the call of the Federal Ministry of Education to come, learn, discuss, and chart a course to renew state contextualized versions of the key result – demonstrable EIE Capacity-built education for the benefit of the education sector. It will aid the continuation of structured learning in times of emergency, crisis, or long-term instability.
EIE programs have yielded positive results.
The Director of Education Support Services, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. LI Giginna, stated that following the agreement that was reached in 2020 concerning improved Education in Emergencies management in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) States, the Federal Ministry of Education under the framework of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), with support from UNICEF, and usage of Education in emergency programs, has been able to expose education officials to experiences and best practices in the education sector. This act has produced success towards the continuity of qualitative education in BAY States, notwithstanding challenges of insecurity and insurgency.
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The northerners are always behind when it comes to education. These people are still living old times, they need proper enlightenment.
Even when there’s emergency or even pandemic like covid, school management should always be ready to improvise and ensure learning still continues regardless of the situation
Illiteracy is on the the high side in Nigeria and this has a negative impact of the rate of human capital in Nigeria, the government should put measures in place to ensure this level of illiteracy reduces
The North needs imminent investment in their educational sector. I hope they are also ready to do what they are supposed to do, to ensure children and youths have equal access to education.
Illiteracy is not a good thing education is one of important sector that need to be take care well, this north people don’t seems to valuable education well but the government have to ensure them go to school so illiteracy can be reduced
I’m yet to come to terms with our government concerning education with Nigeria having the largest out of school children in the world it’s a disgrace,More needs to be done probably with education in emergency solutions will be provided.
Northers are lacking behind when it comes to education. More enlightenment need to be done in north. The northern politicians are not showing care about the education over there
It is of the utmost importance that each child realises their full potential while simultaneously gaining an appreciation for basic liberties and human rights.
How will our country be having the most out of school children in the world. That is terrible for a country that calls itself the giant of Africa. We have to fix up
This will be helpful in assisting with the continuation of structured learning during times of emergency, crisis, or long-term upheaval.
They must take part in the exchange of best practises and experiences in these northern states to help bolster their educational systems’ weaknesses.
There are almost 18 million children in Nigeria who are not enrolled in school; this must change if the country is to avoid falling behind its rapidly expanding population.
In the north, steps need to be taken so that a road map can be formed to restore those practises, and it must be ensured that there is room for the practise of Education in Emergency to be adapted and contextualised to local conditions.
The northern state government needs to make it highly compulsory for students to go to school and any not found in school the parent should be punished.
Because of the crisis that is currently unfolding, it is imperative that the teachers working in the schools located in the north be provided with the necessary information and training to enable them to carry out their responsibilities.
When it comes to education, the northern parts are far behind. The govt should enlighten and put measures in place to ensure the level of illiteracy over there reduces.
Education standard is really poor here. Especially in the north; hence the high level of illiteracy. These doesn’t put the country in good light.
The government should take steps to guarantee that this level of illiteracy declines because it is on the high side in Nigeria and has a detrimental effect on the country’s human capital rate.
When it comes to Education Nigeria is completely behind. We need to sack this present government out of office via our pvc. Neither the north nor the south of Nigeria are receiving quality education though the high percentage of out of school children is from the north.
Education in Emergency will be a success if security and kidnapping challenges are resolve in the north. In don’t think parents will be willing to risk the lives of their children. We have government who careless about the masses but are concern with what goes into their pockets.