UBEC reveals major problem behind poor education system in northern states, UNICEF offers solutions

  • State and federal governments urged to give top priority to education and its dividend
  • Dr. Hamid Bobboyi of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) says education is the foundation of any successful society
  • Similarly, the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says reviving education in Nigeria requires a national effort.

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FCT, Abuja- The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, says the northern states of Nigeria are not prioritizing education as they should.

Dr. Bobboyi revealed it to Legit.ng on Tuesday November 15 shortly after the interactive session organized by the Policy Innovation Center (PIC) on the theme “Eradicating Learning Deprivation” at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

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Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu, Center for Policy Innovation
Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu is Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center (PIC) and Senior Fellow of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group. Photo: @policycentreng
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By talking to Legit.ng, Dr. Bobboyi said there was a need for Nigeria to evolve over time while referring to countries like Korea that may have evolved over time.

He called on all relevant sectors like government, non-governmental organizations and the media to help amplify the need for quality education.

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Similarly, the representative of the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ms. Cristian Munduate, said that getting more than 12 million out-of-school children back to school requires a national effort.

UNICEF calls for collaborative state and federal efforts to revive education

She said Legit.ng that the state and federal government must come together to make this a reality while UNICEF will continue to provide technical assistance to areas in need.

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Munduat said:

“We are talking about 12 million or so children out of school. So this requires a national effort. It is not just about having a school in a community, we have to go to scale. state and federal level with technical assistance.”

She however revealed that UNICEF, in its bid for universal education coverage, has been able to provide comprehensive support in parts of Nigeria.

Munduate said UNICEF has helped support different learning modalities depending on the needs of the community, geographic area and the type of access they require.

She says:

“So in some areas we are working on digital learning, in others we are working on the ‘school safeguard programme’, i.e. areas where insecurity is an issue .How can we create an environment for children to go to school safely?

The interactive session on “Eradicating Learning Deprivation” organized by the Policy Innovation Center (PIC) was moderated by Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu, Deputy Director of PIC.

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Conversations about educational reforms and developments have taken place as they aim to revive the education sector in Nigeria.

Notable speakers include Ms. Maryam Uwais, SSA of the Chairman on Social Investment, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of UBEC, Ms. Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Country Representative, Ms. Omowale David-Ashiru, Director Group General Manager, NewGlobe (Nigeria) and Ms. Abisola Obasanya, Executive Director, Arts Lights Foundation.

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Meanwhile, the learning process of children from birth to age eight has been described as the foundation of their life’s development.

This description was given by education experts during a media dialogue organized by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Information.

According to experts, young learners need to be provided with an appropriate environment for their learning process.

Source: Legit.ng