The Nigerian representative at African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council, Dr. Tunji Asaolu has reiterated the need for African governments to provide quality education to all and sundry to eradicate poverty.
Asaolu, who was the guest lecturer at the inauguration of both African Youths International Development Foundation (AFYIDEF) and unveiling Lagos State Education Development Initiative (LASEDI) insisted that education is the only tool for eradicating poverty.
According to him, Africa must do things very differently to take advantage of the current momentum towards 2063.
His words, “The disadvantaged groups and particularly little girls’ non enrolment in secondary education is prevalent and cannot be ruled out; on completion of the basic education they are seen as having the requisite knowledge to forge ahead in life therefore becoming street hawkers.
“The reasons being adduce to poverty and literacy level. These are the things that AFYIDEF through LASEDI will take care of in a way of contributing their quotas to the socio economic development of Africa”.
“Education for all children by 1980” in Addis Ababa Declaration. However, more than 40 years since that declaration, even improving literacy levels, and achieving universal education remain a major challenge in Africa. An emerging consensus is also to extend early childhood education to children in all communities.
Also speaking, the former Commissioner of Youth and Social Development, Lagos State, Opeyemi Bamidele stressed that education prepare Nigerians ahead of future challenges, saying nothing is meaningful without it.
He also called for the need to redesign school curriculum to promote technical education.