Why we need to build a resilient education system – Gbajabiamila

By Bolaji Buhari

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Femi Gbajabiamila said there is a need for Nigeria to build a resilient education system to ensure uninterrupted learning even in difficult times.

Gbajabiamila made the statement at the launch of the “Back to School Jump Start Project” on Friday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project was a collaboration between the President’s office and the National Lottery Trust Fund to digitize teaching and learning in schools.

The President, represented by Rep. Ademorin Kuye (APC-Shomolu), said the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown in 2020 had a negative impact on education.

He said many students had been excluded from school during the COVID-19 lockdown as they could not access learning due to poor digital infrastructure in schools.

Gbajabiamila said the Jump-Start project therefore aims to digitize the teaching and learning process and inculcate a culture of basic hygiene in schools across the country.

“The reason why the first stage of the Jump-Start project has been labeled as ‘No School Left Behind in Surulere’ is to address the worsening educational disadvantage accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While the health implications of the pandemic are all too obvious, its consequences for education are subtle, yet devastating.

“For Nigerian public school students, the lockdown in 2020 has been a huge setback.

“Thus, the Jump Start project is designed to alleviate the inconvenience caused by the lack of digital infrastructure in public schools, as well as to ensure that there is no interruption in teaching and learning in case of future pandemics,” he said.

The President described education as the best possible investment in people, saying, “It’s the silver bullet that lifts people out of poverty, encourages a broader perspective that expands their worldview.”

He said the National Assembly was committed to rebuilding a better and stronger education system, resilient to the contingencies of the “new normal”.

Gbajabiamila also said he was personally committed to improving the lives and livelihoods of his constituents through education.

The President commended the National Lottery Trust Fund and the Social Impact Healthcare and Education Foundation (SHE) for involving his office in the project.

He said the first phase of the project would see 46 primary and secondary schools in the Federal Constituency of Surulere 1 receive e-learning equipment such as laptops, Android tablets, phones, stationery and materials. sanitary.

“As you know, the project is expected to cover all six geopolitical zones, and we very much hope that the National Lottery Trust Fund will support the project to achieve this goal and achieve our goals,” he added.

He thanked the people of Surulere for their continued support, promising that he would continue to deliver on his campaign promise to deliver democratic dividends in the region.

In his speech, Dr. George Akume, Minister of Special Affairs and Intergovernmental Affairs, thanked the National Lottery Trust Fund and Gbajabiamila for coming up with the project.

Akume, represented by Dr. Bello Maigari, Executive Secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund, said the project is in line with the federal government’s commitment to enhance students’ learning capacity through the use of technology.

“Today’s event underscores the commitment, determination and promise of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to improve students’ ability to learn and excel in their studies,” he said. .

Akume said the government will pursue whatever is necessary to improve the level of education in the country.

He warned all lottery license holders to settle their debts with the fund or risk having their licenses revoked.

In his remarks, Maigari praised Gbajabiamila for partnering with the fund on the project.

Maigari, whose speech was read by Mr. Sule Tegina, said the project would build the capacity of schools in digital teaching, learning and sanitation.

“The programme, which aims to help improve the current capacity of schools in good hygiene practice through the provision of modern basic health and standard education and modern learning aids to promote the standard, goes hand in hand with global practice,” he said.

He said the mandate of the fund was to support 20% of national lottery and gaming operations to run development projects.

NAN reports that beneficiary schools received e-learning devices, sanitation materials as well as a check for N100,000 each under the scheme.

National Lottery Trust Fund officials then traveled to the Gbaja Maternal and Child Care Center in Surulere, where they presented medical equipment to the facility in conjunction with the President’s office. (NOPE)

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