Sanwo-Olu’s THEME agenda will give holistic approach to education advancement in Lagos — Commissioner



The Gov.  Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration’s  THEME agenda will engender  a holistic approach to the advancement of education in Lagos State.

The  state Commissioner of Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo,  said this  in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of the 360 degree parenting product presentation at the Radisson Blu Hotels in  Ikeja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Sanwo-Olu’s THEME stands for :Traffic and Management,  Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy and Entertainment and Tourism.

Adefisayo, the keynote speaker at the event , said that the present administration in Lagos State had  recognised the importance of sound education to the development of the state.

The educationist said that was why the state had to include it in its agenda for development.

“The government has been relentless in  finding the best way to improve education in Lagos State;  hence, our governor, Mr  Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has to come up with the THEME agenda.

“The first `E’ in the THEME agenda stands for Education and Technology, so there is a focus on the education which will involve a lot of strategies because we are in a dire situation.

“We need to pull ourselves up because we cannot face one aspect alone, we have to face education in a holistic way and that will include provision of  infrastructure which has been the focus of many.

“However, we cannot just build great schools with no quality teachings, which will be a waste. Beyond infrastructure, how many teachers do we have, the quality and quantities, “she said.

Adefisayo said that the state would embark on the training and  the  retraining of the teachers in the state adding that  the government would also consider the use of  the social media to interact with the youth.

“We need to train our teachers,  provide all support mechanisms and also promote integrated technology looking at the curriculum and  what we are teaching.

“We want to see how we can enrich the quality of teaching, our culture and value system and it will be an all-encompassing model as we keep on improving.”

Adefisayo who said that the social media could  be used positively, however, condemned those using it  negatively.

“I think government can take over the social media by engaging the youth . It is a useful instrument of engagement.

“We need the modern day strategies to address the youth nowadays and the  social media platforms such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others are useful,” she said.

Also, the convener of 360 degree, Mr  Biodun Kolawole,  said that the project was built on seven thematic areas.

He listed them as : Fatherhood, Motherhood, Communication in Families, Family Finance, Marital Season, Connecting Families through Play and Raising Digital Natives.

“We have 14-world-class faculty who shares principles, stories, experiences and concept that will equip the family unit to be effective.

“We have designed an experience  that both  the old and the young can  use to effectively run the family. It is a body of knowledge that families can use to move forward.

“The family is our business. No matter who you have become, you came from a family. Often times,  it becomes challenging to repair adults, so we must give the child a good start, ” he said.

According to Kolawole, the 360 degree parenting is a rich resource designed to raise strong families, through the smallest unit of a society, it remains the most powerful.

He described the  family as the foundation of every society, adding that research findings had   shown that the cheapest and the most effective ways to improve educational outcomes by  engaging  parents.

Other speakers during the session include: the Chancellor of McPherson University, Dr Christopher Kolade, and the  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Umugini Pipeline Infrastructure, Mr Blessing Ayemhere. (NAN)


Edited by Peter Dada

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