The federal government yesterday assured Nigerians that it is taking proactive steps to ensure that all basic education schools in states affected by insurgency are rehabilitated or rebuilt.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this at the first International Day of Education in Abuja, yesterday. The theme of the celebration is: “Education: A Key Driver for Inclusion and Empowerment.’’
Represented by director, Education Planning and Research Development in the ministry, Mrs. Christy Ogbede, Adamu said that no country could thrive in an atmosphere of violence and insecurity. He said: “The Federal Ministry of Education is making every effort to promote inclusive education and uphold the SDGs slogan of ` Leave No One Behind’ by ensuring that every child of school age has unrestricted access to basic education.’’
The minister also commended the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs), for its role in strategic partnership with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution to check violence.
Also speaking at the event, senior special assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said that about 60 per cent of the 10.5 million out of school children are girls, and called for concerted efforts to reduce the number.
Adefulire, who was represented by secretary of Programmes, SDGs, Dr Hassan Suleiman, said the number was prominent in the north, hence the need for all stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the problems.
She said: “Of the 10.5 million out of school children in Nigeria, 60 per cent are girls, which is a figure we got from UNICEF Nigeria 2018 survey. While this is a national problem, the phenomenon is more pronounced in northern Nigeria. You will agree with me that this is unacceptable and we must individually and collectively take concrete steps to address this.’’
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