Nobel Peace prize laureate and United Nations messenger of peace, Malala Yousafzai, has thrown her support behind the federal government’s latest position on educational funding in the country.
She made this known in a statement made available to journalists by Malala fund, the international foundation she co-founded.
She disclosed that the decision was a step in the right direction and that a country as advanced as Nigeria should have such a system in place.
“During my visits to Nigeria in July 2014 and July 2017, I met girls eager to complete their education. I saw the fierce ambition in their eyes as they told me about their dreams, among them were those who wanted to become doctors, reporters and scientists.
“As such, the recent decision by the National Economic Council (NEC) to direct state governors to declare a state of emergency in education is overdue. The NEC has shown great leadership by publicly recognising that it is of vital economic importance to get all of Nigeria’s children in school, learning the skills they need to thrive in the future workforce. When girls go to school, they become economically empowered women who promote sustainable development and drive economic growth.
She further disclosed that synergy among governmental actors was necessary in order to lay a sustainable foundation for the reinvigoration of education in Nigeria.
“It is now crucial that President Buhari works with states to deliver meaningful change through enacting states of emergencies, and also with the House of Representatives to ensure the amendment to the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act urgently receives passage and presidential assent. This would not only guarantee every child in Nigeria the right to 12 years of education, but also improve states’ access to federal UBE Commission funds.
“In placing girls’ education at the top of the agenda this year, Nigeria’s leaders will send a clear signal that they are determined to secure Nigeria’s stability and prosperity by investing in its future, its children.”
She also called on the federal government to allocate six per cent of Nigeria’s GDP to education funding as well as provide greater transparency in education funding at both federal and state levels, and, see to the Implementation of the Child Rights Act in each state of the country.