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  •  The Early Childhood Development Initiative ECDI in partnership with UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education has unveiled a research document to increase equitable access to quality Early Childhood Education ECE in the country The Chief Executive Officer CEO ECDI Mrs Patricia Falope at the Strengthening Capacity for Play Based Learning Evidence from Nigeria Kenya and Gambia in Abuja on Tuesday described childhood development as critical foundation in a child s life Falope said that the foundation must be built on lifelong support of the children adding that the Reggio Inspired Curriculum had been adopted as a national framework in the country for the teaching of ECE She said there was need to strengthen the capacity of teachers to improve the learning of ECE adding that the project would be implemented in each of the geo political zones of the country According to her across Africa there has been increase support in terms of policy curriculum and guidelines for Play based learning but all hands must be on deck to achieve its realisation The research project has an 18 months timeline from June 2022 to December 2023 to be implemented in Kano Oyo Gombe Bayelsa Ebonyi and the FCT The methodology of the research include scoping review and situation analysis review of the curriculum testing of adapted curriculum and review of findings finalisation of model and mapping of plan to scale she said She therefore identified equitable access quality and barriers to teachers implementation of the methodology among others as existing challenges of the ECE Also the UNICEF Chief Education Saadhna Panday Soobrayan called for adequate planning mechanism in monitoring the learning of ECE Panday Soobrayan said that insufficient supply of trained teachers that would ensure the coverage and delivery of ECE was lacking and should be addressed We in UNICEF has the education priorities of ECE for 2022 and beyond to include establishing a community of practice for continuous professional development in ECE and also develop appropriate child centred and inclusive quality teaching and learning materials We also need to strengthen the regulatory oversight and quality assurance of community based ECE and improve the quality and quantity of ECE workforce including training them on child centred Play based inclusive pedagogy she said In the same vein the Director of Basic Education Federal Ministry of Education Dr Folake David emphasised the importance of pre primary education which enabled children to develop and thrive in their early years David said that it would as well lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning well being future work productivity and economic prosperity Global evidence shows that with quality preprimary education children are more likely to complete school less likely to drop out in the early grades and results in education system efficiencies It is also more effective and less costly than later remediation provides a positive influence on school enrollment and educational attainment and improves performance in education and development and learning skills at later stages of their lives she said She said that children were naturally motivated to play as they were naturally inquisitive and want to know more about things in their environment hence the need for a play based learning approach for them Speaking on the misconceptions as to why play may not be incorporated in preprimary education in some countries she expressed optimistism that the research would find out and highlight ways the country would better make provision for Pre Primary Education PPE She therefore hope the research would provide an insight into the effectiveness of a play based PPE how to improve and scale up for more uptake to ensure a world class inclusive and gender responsive preprimary education as a means of achieving SDG 4 2 Also the World Bank Senior Education Specialist Dr Olatunde Adekola said that globally learning crisis does not start from the higher education level but from early childhood hence the need to strengthen the system to deliver an efficient and effective ECE The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ECE is for the first five years of life of a child which usually gives support to improve child s simulative environment The event has participants from the Federal Ministry of Education National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ECDI, UNICEF unveil research on access to early childhood learning
     The Early Childhood Development Initiative ECDI in partnership with UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education has unveiled a research document to increase equitable access to quality Early Childhood Education ECE in the country The Chief Executive Officer CEO ECDI Mrs Patricia Falope at the Strengthening Capacity for Play Based Learning Evidence from Nigeria Kenya and Gambia in Abuja on Tuesday described childhood development as critical foundation in a child s life Falope said that the foundation must be built on lifelong support of the children adding that the Reggio Inspired Curriculum had been adopted as a national framework in the country for the teaching of ECE She said there was need to strengthen the capacity of teachers to improve the learning of ECE adding that the project would be implemented in each of the geo political zones of the country According to her across Africa there has been increase support in terms of policy curriculum and guidelines for Play based learning but all hands must be on deck to achieve its realisation The research project has an 18 months timeline from June 2022 to December 2023 to be implemented in Kano Oyo Gombe Bayelsa Ebonyi and the FCT The methodology of the research include scoping review and situation analysis review of the curriculum testing of adapted curriculum and review of findings finalisation of model and mapping of plan to scale she said She therefore identified equitable access quality and barriers to teachers implementation of the methodology among others as existing challenges of the ECE Also the UNICEF Chief Education Saadhna Panday Soobrayan called for adequate planning mechanism in monitoring the learning of ECE Panday Soobrayan said that insufficient supply of trained teachers that would ensure the coverage and delivery of ECE was lacking and should be addressed We in UNICEF has the education priorities of ECE for 2022 and beyond to include establishing a community of practice for continuous professional development in ECE and also develop appropriate child centred and inclusive quality teaching and learning materials We also need to strengthen the regulatory oversight and quality assurance of community based ECE and improve the quality and quantity of ECE workforce including training them on child centred Play based inclusive pedagogy she said In the same vein the Director of Basic Education Federal Ministry of Education Dr Folake David emphasised the importance of pre primary education which enabled children to develop and thrive in their early years David said that it would as well lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning well being future work productivity and economic prosperity Global evidence shows that with quality preprimary education children are more likely to complete school less likely to drop out in the early grades and results in education system efficiencies It is also more effective and less costly than later remediation provides a positive influence on school enrollment and educational attainment and improves performance in education and development and learning skills at later stages of their lives she said She said that children were naturally motivated to play as they were naturally inquisitive and want to know more about things in their environment hence the need for a play based learning approach for them Speaking on the misconceptions as to why play may not be incorporated in preprimary education in some countries she expressed optimistism that the research would find out and highlight ways the country would better make provision for Pre Primary Education PPE She therefore hope the research would provide an insight into the effectiveness of a play based PPE how to improve and scale up for more uptake to ensure a world class inclusive and gender responsive preprimary education as a means of achieving SDG 4 2 Also the World Bank Senior Education Specialist Dr Olatunde Adekola said that globally learning crisis does not start from the higher education level but from early childhood hence the need to strengthen the system to deliver an efficient and effective ECE The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ECE is for the first five years of life of a child which usually gives support to improve child s simulative environment The event has participants from the Federal Ministry of Education National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ECDI, UNICEF unveil research on access to early childhood learning
    General news7 months ago

    ECDI, UNICEF unveil research on access to early childhood learning

    The Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI) in partnership with UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education has unveiled a research document to increase equitable access to quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) in the country. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ECDI, Mrs Patricia Falope, at the Strengthening Capacity for Play-Based Learning: Evidence from Nigeria, Kenya and Gambia, in Abuja on Tuesday described childhood development as critical foundation in a child’s life. Falope said that the foundation must be built on lifelong support of the children, adding that the Reggio Inspired Curriculum had been adopted as a national framework in the country for the teaching of ECE. She said there was need to strengthen the capacity of teachers to improve the learning of ECE, adding that the project would be implemented in each of the geo-political zones of the country. According to her, across Africa, there has been increase support in terms of policy, curriculum and guidelines for Play-based learning; but all hands must be on deck to achieve its realisation. ” The research project has an 18 months timeline from June 2022 to December 2023 to be implemented in Kano, Oyo, Gombe, Bayelsa, Ebonyi and the FCT. ” The methodology of the research include: scoping review and situation analysis, review of the curriculum, testing of adapted curriculum and review of findings, finalisation of model and mapping of plan to scale,” she said. She, therefore, identified equitable access, quality and barriers to teachers implementation of the methodology among others as existing challenges of the ECE. Also, the UNICEF Chief Education, Saadhna Panday-Soobrayan, called for adequate planning mechanism in monitoring the learning of ECE. Panday-Soobrayan said that insufficient supply of trained teachers that would ensure the coverage and delivery of ECE was lacking and should be addressed. ” We in UNICEF has the education priorities of ECE for 2022 and beyond to include establishing a community of practice for continuous professional development in ECE and also develop appropriate child-centred and inclusive quality teaching and learning materials. ” We also need to strengthen the regulatory oversight and quality assurance of community based ECE and improve the quality and quantity of ECE workforce, including training them on child-centred, Play-based inclusive pedagogy,” she said. In the same vein, the Director of Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folake David, emphasised the importance of pre-primary education which enabled children to develop and thrive in their early years. David said that it would as well lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning, well-being, future work productivity and economic prosperity. ” Global evidence shows that with quality preprimary education; children are more likely to complete school, less likely to drop out in the early grades, and results in education system efficiencies. ” It is also more effective and less costly than later remediation, provides a positive influence on school enrollment and educational attainment and improves performance in education and development and learning skills at later stages of their lives,” she said. She said that children were naturally motivated to play as they were naturally inquisitive and want to know more about things in their environment, hence the need for a play-based learning approach for them. Speaking on the misconceptions as to why play may not be incorporated in preprimary education  in some countries, she expressed optimistism that the  research would find out and highlight ways the country would better make provision for Pre-Primary Education (PPE). She, therefore, hope the research would provide an insight into the effectiveness of a play-based PPE, how to improve and scale up for more uptake to ensure a world-class inclusive and gender-responsive preprimary education as a means of achieving SDG 4.2. Also, the World Bank Senior Education Specialist, Dr Olatunde Adekola, said that globally,  learning crisis does not start from the higher education level but from early childhood, hence the need to strengthen the system to deliver an efficient and effective ECE. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ECE is for the first five years of life of a child which usually gives support to improve child’s simulative environment. The event has participants from the Federal Ministry of Education, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All(CSACEFA).

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  •  ABUJA 06 February 2022 The Right to Education Coalition is deeply concerned and displeased about the delay in the passage of the Universal Basic Education UBE Act amendment bill by the House of Representatives This legislative setback has contributed to the growing number of out of school children across Nigeria Over 420 days on 9 December 2020 since the House of Representatives treated and consolidated the UBE HBs 519 552 554 794 and 666 no significant progress has been recorded by the Femi Gbajabiamila led House of Representatives with regards to improving access of Nigerian children to 12 years of free compulsory quality and safe education Recall that the Speaker during his address at the resumption of the House of Representatives for the 2020 Legislative session on 28 January 2020 indicated that the House would dedicate a special plenary session to consider the issue of millions of out of school children in Nigeria With the expressed desire to address the issue of out of school children in the country one would have thought that issues of expanding access of Nigerian children to free compulsory quality and safe education up to senior secondary would top the agenda of the Femi Gbajabiamila led House of Representatives The coalition hereby urges the ninth House of Representatives to match promises with performance and speed up legislative and political actions on the passage of the UBE Act 2004 amendment bill The Universal Basic Education UBE Act amendment bill seeks to provide a legal framework for free compulsory safe and quality education up to twelve years ensure an increase in basic education financing and promote gender responsive learning among others The bill has been at the committee stage at the House of Representatives since December 2020 despite the myriad of political promises and statements advocacies and pressure from civil societies and international development organisations Reports estimate that 10 2 million children of primary school age are out of school in Nigeria accounting for 45 of the figure in West Africa More than 60 of all out of school children at the primary level are girls Girls education continues to decline due to the socio economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and insecurity in Nigeria especially in the Northern region Education is an enabler for sustainable development and plays a key role in economic development as well as reducing poverty and child labour Although Nigeria is a signatory to several regional and international human rights instruments that affirm the right to education there is no constitutional guarantee for citizens to access free compulsory quality and safe basic education for up to 12 years As Nigeria prepares for the 2023 election cycle the Femi Gbajabiamila led House of Representatives needs to treat basic education as an inalienable right of all Nigerian children and provide the necessary legislative and political support to achieve the country s developmental goals through education Every child deserves 12 years of free education With growing public interest in socio political activities Nigerians are tired of unfulfilled political promises of free compulsory quality and safe education The House of Representatives and other public office seekers must note that the quest for education will play a critical role in the 2023 decision making process of many Nigerians Basic education of up to 12 years must not be treated as a mere campaign agenda but a commitment to national development and social safety We implore the ninth House of Representatives under the leadership of Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to make the passage of the UBE amendment bill a priority before the 2023 elections The Right to Education Coalition is a community of international and local organisations led by Malala Fund PLAN UNICEF PLAC Save The Children Invictus Africa YouthHubAfrica amp CSACEFA The coalition supports the process of making the legal framework for basic and secondary education more responsive to the current gaps in service delivery around the key results areas of quality access and systems strengthening Specifically the Right to Education Coalition advocates for an urgent alignment by Nigeria with international frameworks on education such as the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 4 Thus guaranteeing free compulsory quality and safe education up to the Senior Secondary school level nbsp
    Free Education to Senior Secondary: NGOs task House of Reps Speaker on UBE Act Amendment Bill
     ABUJA 06 February 2022 The Right to Education Coalition is deeply concerned and displeased about the delay in the passage of the Universal Basic Education UBE Act amendment bill by the House of Representatives This legislative setback has contributed to the growing number of out of school children across Nigeria Over 420 days on 9 December 2020 since the House of Representatives treated and consolidated the UBE HBs 519 552 554 794 and 666 no significant progress has been recorded by the Femi Gbajabiamila led House of Representatives with regards to improving access of Nigerian children to 12 years of free compulsory quality and safe education Recall that the Speaker during his address at the resumption of the House of Representatives for the 2020 Legislative session on 28 January 2020 indicated that the House would dedicate a special plenary session to consider the issue of millions of out of school children in Nigeria With the expressed desire to address the issue of out of school children in the country one would have thought that issues of expanding access of Nigerian children to free compulsory quality and safe education up to senior secondary would top the agenda of the Femi Gbajabiamila led House of Representatives The coalition hereby urges the ninth House of Representatives to match promises with performance and speed up legislative and political actions on the passage of the UBE Act 2004 amendment bill The Universal Basic Education UBE Act amendment bill seeks to provide a legal framework for free compulsory safe and quality education up to twelve years ensure an increase in basic education financing and promote gender responsive learning among others The bill has been at the committee stage at the House of Representatives since December 2020 despite the myriad of political promises and statements advocacies and pressure from civil societies and international development organisations Reports estimate that 10 2 million children of primary school age are out of school in Nigeria accounting for 45 of the figure in West Africa More than 60 of all out of school children at the primary level are girls Girls education continues to decline due to the socio economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and insecurity in Nigeria especially in the Northern region Education is an enabler for sustainable development and plays a key role in economic development as well as reducing poverty and child labour Although Nigeria is a signatory to several regional and international human rights instruments that affirm the right to education there is no constitutional guarantee for citizens to access free compulsory quality and safe basic education for up to 12 years As Nigeria prepares for the 2023 election cycle the Femi Gbajabiamila led House of Representatives needs to treat basic education as an inalienable right of all Nigerian children and provide the necessary legislative and political support to achieve the country s developmental goals through education Every child deserves 12 years of free education With growing public interest in socio political activities Nigerians are tired of unfulfilled political promises of free compulsory quality and safe education The House of Representatives and other public office seekers must note that the quest for education will play a critical role in the 2023 decision making process of many Nigerians Basic education of up to 12 years must not be treated as a mere campaign agenda but a commitment to national development and social safety We implore the ninth House of Representatives under the leadership of Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to make the passage of the UBE amendment bill a priority before the 2023 elections The Right to Education Coalition is a community of international and local organisations led by Malala Fund PLAN UNICEF PLAC Save The Children Invictus Africa YouthHubAfrica amp CSACEFA The coalition supports the process of making the legal framework for basic and secondary education more responsive to the current gaps in service delivery around the key results areas of quality access and systems strengthening Specifically the Right to Education Coalition advocates for an urgent alignment by Nigeria with international frameworks on education such as the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 4 Thus guaranteeing free compulsory quality and safe education up to the Senior Secondary school level nbsp
    Free Education to Senior Secondary: NGOs task House of Reps Speaker on UBE Act Amendment Bill
    Education12 months ago

    Free Education to Senior Secondary: NGOs task House of Reps Speaker on UBE Act Amendment Bill

    ABUJA - 06 February 2022 - The Right to Education Coalition is deeply concerned and displeased about the delay in the passage of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act amendment bill by the House of Representatives. This legislative setback has contributed to the growing number of out-of-school children across Nigeria. Over 420 days - on 9 December 2020 - since the House of Representatives treated and consolidated the UBE HBs. 519, 552, 554, 794, and 666, no significant progress has been recorded by the Femi Gbajabiamila-led House of Representatives with regards to improving access of Nigerian children to 12 years of free, compulsory, quality, and safe education. Recall that the Speaker, during his address at the resumption of the House of Representatives for the 2020 Legislative session on 28 January 2020, indicated that the House would dedicate a special plenary session to consider the issue of millions of out-of-school children in Nigeria. With the expressed desire to address the issue of out-of-school children in the country, one would have thought that issues of expanding access of Nigerian children to free, compulsory, quality, and safe education up to senior secondary would top the agenda of the Femi Gbajabiamila-led House of Representatives. The coalition, hereby, urges the ninth House of Representatives to match promises with performance and speed up legislative and political actions on the passage of the UBE Act (2004) amendment bill. The Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act amendment bill seeks to provide a legal framework for free, compulsory, safe, and quality education up to twelve years, ensure an increase in basic education financing and promote gender-responsive learning, among others. The bill has been at the committee stage at the House of Representatives since December 2020, despite the myriad of political promises and statements, advocacies, and pressure from civil societies and international development organisations. Reports estimate that 10.2 million children of primary school age are out of school in Nigeria, accounting for 45% of the figure in West Africa. More than 60% of all out-of-school children at the primary level are girls. Girls’ education continues to decline due to the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the Northern region. Education is an enabler for sustainable development and plays a key role in economic development, as well as reducing poverty and child labour. Although Nigeria is a signatory to several regional and international human rights instruments that affirm the right to education, there is no constitutional guarantee for citizens to access free, compulsory, quality, and safe basic education for up to 12 years. As Nigeria prepares for the 2023 election cycle, the Femi Gbajabiamila-led House of Representatives needs to treat basic education as an inalienable right of all Nigerian children and provide the necessary legislative and political support to achieve the country’s developmental goals through education. Every child deserves 12 years of free education. With growing public interest in socio-political activities, Nigerians are tired of unfulfilled political promises of free, compulsory, quality, and safe education. The House of Representatives and other public office seekers must note that the quest for education will play a critical role in the 2023 decision-making process of many Nigerians. Basic education of up to 12 years must not be treated as a mere campaign agenda, but a commitment to national development and social safety. We implore the ninth House of Representatives under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to make the passage of the UBE amendment bill a priority before the 2023 elections. The Right to Education Coalition is a community of international and local organisations led by Malala Fund, PLAN, UNICEF, PLAC, Save The Children, Invictus Africa, YouthHubAfrica & CSACEFA. The coalition supports the process of making the legal framework for basic and secondary education more responsive to the current gaps in service delivery around the key results areas of quality, access, and systems strengthening. Specifically, the Right to Education Coalition advocates for an urgent alignment by Nigeria with international frameworks on education such as the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. Thus, guaranteeing free, compulsory, quality, and safe education up to the Senior Secondary school level.  

  •   The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA has urged the Kwara government to ensure the judicious and expeditious use of the grant it recently accessed from the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC CSACEFA a non governmental organisation on Thursday in Ilorin said the grant would bring the much needed succour to the state s education sector In a statement issued by its Coordinator Abdulrahman Ayuba a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria CSACEFA described the access to the grant as heartwarming considering the parlous state of virtually all the basic schools in the state We therefore praise and commend the current administration for the rare courage displayed in ensuring that the grant is finally accessed We equally sincerely believe that the current government will not fall into the unfortunate but clearly avoidable recklessness and pitfall of the immediate past the NGO said It said CSACEFA Kwara was a willing partner which was ready to support access to quality education It said that it was looking forward to proactive engagement by the state government in the delivery of quality and inclusive education NAN reports that the Kwara government recently issued a statement announcing its access of more than N7 billion UBEC fund after seven years of blacklist CSACEFA blamed the pitiful state of basic education infrastructure in Kwara on the failure of past governments in the state to access UBEC funds and the near zero investment in the sector in the past few years The government promised to spend the money in phases over the next two years to fix up to 600 elementary schools out of the more than 1 400 decrepit basic education facilities across the state
    CSACEFA tasks Kwara govt on judicious use of UBEC grant
      The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA has urged the Kwara government to ensure the judicious and expeditious use of the grant it recently accessed from the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC CSACEFA a non governmental organisation on Thursday in Ilorin said the grant would bring the much needed succour to the state s education sector In a statement issued by its Coordinator Abdulrahman Ayuba a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria CSACEFA described the access to the grant as heartwarming considering the parlous state of virtually all the basic schools in the state We therefore praise and commend the current administration for the rare courage displayed in ensuring that the grant is finally accessed We equally sincerely believe that the current government will not fall into the unfortunate but clearly avoidable recklessness and pitfall of the immediate past the NGO said It said CSACEFA Kwara was a willing partner which was ready to support access to quality education It said that it was looking forward to proactive engagement by the state government in the delivery of quality and inclusive education NAN reports that the Kwara government recently issued a statement announcing its access of more than N7 billion UBEC fund after seven years of blacklist CSACEFA blamed the pitiful state of basic education infrastructure in Kwara on the failure of past governments in the state to access UBEC funds and the near zero investment in the sector in the past few years The government promised to spend the money in phases over the next two years to fix up to 600 elementary schools out of the more than 1 400 decrepit basic education facilities across the state
    CSACEFA tasks Kwara govt on judicious use of UBEC grant
    Education2 years ago

    CSACEFA tasks Kwara govt on judicious use of UBEC grant

    The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) has urged the Kwara government to ensure the judicious and expeditious use of the grant it recently accessed from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

    CSACEFA, a non-governmental organisation, on Thursday in Ilorin said the grant would bring the much needed succour to the state’s education sector.

    In a statement issued by its Coordinator,  Abdulrahman Ayuba, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria CSACEFA described the access to the grant as “heartwarming considering the parlous state of virtually all the basic schools in the state’’.

    “We, therefore, praise and commend the current administration for the rare courage displayed in ensuring that the grant is finally accessed.

    “We equally sincerely believe that the current government will not fall into the unfortunate but clearly avoidable recklessness and pitfall of the immediate past,’’ the NGO said.

    It said CSACEFA Kwara was a willing partner which was ready to support access to quality education.

    It said that it was looking forward to proactive engagement by the state government in the delivery of quality and inclusive education.

    NAN reports that the Kwara government recently issued a statement announcing its access of more than N7 billion UBEC fund after seven years of blacklist.

    CSACEFA blamed the “pitiful state’’ of basic education infrastructure in Kwara on the failure of past governments in the state to access UBEC funds and the near-zero investment in the sector in the past few years.

    The government promised to spend the money in phases over the next two years to fix up to 600 elementary schools out of the more than 1,400 decrepit basic education facilities across the state.

  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have agreed to work on the safety mechanism and precautionary measures put in place by the Federal Government towards reopening of schools The stakeholders made this known at the National Education Stakeholders Discussion in Abuja on Thursday The discussion which was organised by Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA has the theme COVID 19 Towards school reopening Mobilising Communities on ensuring safety compliance in school and home based learning They expressed concern that COVID 19 had disrupted the progress being made in the sector in ensuring girl child education and reducing the number of out of school children in the country Dr Judith Giwa UNICEF Education in Emergency Coordinator in her submission called for the attainment of educational quality in the face of the pandemic Giwa said that it was important for all stakeholders to collaborate while ensuring that no child is left behind in the policy formulation and implementation of the sector She also said that the problem of inequality must be addressed stressing that no child should be left behind in post pandemic educational policy The bulk of the children are in the rural areas and even as we talk of e learning over 80 per cent of them have no access to personal laptop and internet facility for home based learning Over 300 million children are in areas where mobile networks do not exist These are the inequality that we must make sure we address My concern is that are these children in the rural areas who have no access to laptops and internet facility going to write the same WAEC as children in the urban areas So this is the inequity that through education we actually struggle to address she said She said that a lot had been done towards schools reopening and that the organisation had been working with its development partners to give effective tools for home based learning Also Mr Femi Aderibigbe from Malala Foundation called for gender based approach and resilience towards addressing the effect of COVID 19 on girl child education saying that girls were affected most during the pandemic He said that as a result of poverty occasion by COVID 19 some parents would result to coping mechanism by engaging in child trading and labour as well as giving out their girl child in marriage Aderibigbe advocated a 12 year quality education plan for the girl child while also encouraging young mothers to go back to school Dr Clinton Ikpitibo from the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT who spoke on teachers preparedness said they were ready to go back to the classes Ikpitibo called for more training and retraining of teachers as well as more funding to meet the needs of the sector He therefore called on the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools NAPPS to comply fully with the guidelines put in place by the Federal Government towards safe reopening of schools Also speaking Mr Godwins Yakubu National Secretary All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPPS said that teachers should be carried along in the formulation and implementation of the COVID 19 guidelines for schools He said that stakeholders must be involved before school reopening so that everyone can be on the same page and also to achieve unity of purpose In the same vein Mallam Kabiru Aliyu National Moderator CSACEFA called on stakeholders to contribute to a safer robust learning and teaching in spite the challenges He called for an increase access to learning at home and as well as strengthen synergy between government and Civil Society Organisations in providing quality and inclusivelearning for students in basic and secondary education Edited By Benson Iziama NAN
    Coronavirus: Education stakeholders fine-tune safety mechanism for schools reopening
     Stakeholders in the education sector have agreed to work on the safety mechanism and precautionary measures put in place by the Federal Government towards reopening of schools The stakeholders made this known at the National Education Stakeholders Discussion in Abuja on Thursday The discussion which was organised by Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All CSACEFA has the theme COVID 19 Towards school reopening Mobilising Communities on ensuring safety compliance in school and home based learning They expressed concern that COVID 19 had disrupted the progress being made in the sector in ensuring girl child education and reducing the number of out of school children in the country Dr Judith Giwa UNICEF Education in Emergency Coordinator in her submission called for the attainment of educational quality in the face of the pandemic Giwa said that it was important for all stakeholders to collaborate while ensuring that no child is left behind in the policy formulation and implementation of the sector She also said that the problem of inequality must be addressed stressing that no child should be left behind in post pandemic educational policy The bulk of the children are in the rural areas and even as we talk of e learning over 80 per cent of them have no access to personal laptop and internet facility for home based learning Over 300 million children are in areas where mobile networks do not exist These are the inequality that we must make sure we address My concern is that are these children in the rural areas who have no access to laptops and internet facility going to write the same WAEC as children in the urban areas So this is the inequity that through education we actually struggle to address she said She said that a lot had been done towards schools reopening and that the organisation had been working with its development partners to give effective tools for home based learning Also Mr Femi Aderibigbe from Malala Foundation called for gender based approach and resilience towards addressing the effect of COVID 19 on girl child education saying that girls were affected most during the pandemic He said that as a result of poverty occasion by COVID 19 some parents would result to coping mechanism by engaging in child trading and labour as well as giving out their girl child in marriage Aderibigbe advocated a 12 year quality education plan for the girl child while also encouraging young mothers to go back to school Dr Clinton Ikpitibo from the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT who spoke on teachers preparedness said they were ready to go back to the classes Ikpitibo called for more training and retraining of teachers as well as more funding to meet the needs of the sector He therefore called on the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools NAPPS to comply fully with the guidelines put in place by the Federal Government towards safe reopening of schools Also speaking Mr Godwins Yakubu National Secretary All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPPS said that teachers should be carried along in the formulation and implementation of the COVID 19 guidelines for schools He said that stakeholders must be involved before school reopening so that everyone can be on the same page and also to achieve unity of purpose In the same vein Mallam Kabiru Aliyu National Moderator CSACEFA called on stakeholders to contribute to a safer robust learning and teaching in spite the challenges He called for an increase access to learning at home and as well as strengthen synergy between government and Civil Society Organisations in providing quality and inclusivelearning for students in basic and secondary education Edited By Benson Iziama NAN
    Coronavirus: Education stakeholders fine-tune safety mechanism for schools reopening
    General news3 years ago

    Coronavirus: Education stakeholders fine-tune safety mechanism for schools reopening

    Stakeholders in the education sector have agreed to work on the safety mechanism and precautionary measures put in place by the Federal Government towards reopening of schools.

    The stakeholders made this known at the National Education Stakeholders Discussion in Abuja on Thursday.

    The discussion which was organised by Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) has the theme “COVID-19: Towards school reopening, Mobilising Communities on ensuring safety, compliance in school and home based learning”.

    They expressed concern that COVID -19 had disrupted the progress being made in the sector in ensuring girl-child education and reducing the number of out-of-school children in the country.

    Dr Judith Giwa, UNICEF Education in Emergency Coordinator, in her submission called for the attainment of educational quality in the face of the pandemic.

    Giwa said that it was important for all stakeholders to collaborate while ensuring that no child is left behind in the policy formulation and implementation of the sector.

    She also said that the problem of inequality must be addressed, stressing that no child should be left behind in post pandemic educational policy.

    “The bulk of the children are in the rural areas and even as we talk of e-learning, over 80 per cent of them have no access to personal laptop and internet facility for home based learning.

    “Over 300 million children are in areas where mobile networks do not exist. These are the inequality that we must make sure we address.

    “My concern is that, are these children in the rural areas who have no access to laptops and internet facility going to write the same WAEC as children in the urban areas?

    “So, this is the inequity that through education we actually struggle to address,” she said.

    She said that a lot had been done towards schools reopening and that the organisation had been working with its development partners to give effective tools for home based learning.

    Also, Mr Femi Aderibigbe from Malala Foundation called for gender-based approach and resilience towards addressing the effect of COVID-19 on girl child education, saying that girls were affected most during the pandemic.

    He said that as a result of poverty occasion by COVID-19, some parents would result to coping mechanism by engaging in child trading and labour as well as giving out their girl child in marriage.

    Aderibigbe advocated a 12-year quality education plan for the girl child while also encouraging young mothers to go back to school.

    Dr Clinton Ikpitibo, from the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), who spoke on teachers’ preparedness, said they were ready to go back to the classes.

    Ikpitibo called for more training and retraining of teachers as well as more funding to meet the needs of the sector.

    He, therefore, called on the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) to comply fully with the guidelines put in place by the Federal Government towards safe reopening of schools.

    Also speaking, Mr Godwins Yakubu, National Secretary, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) said that teachers should be carried along in the formulation and implementation of the COVID-19 guidelines for schools.

    He said that stakeholders must be involved before school reopening so that everyone can be on the same page and also to achieve unity of purpose.

    In the same vein, Mallam Kabiru Aliyu, National Moderator, CSACEFA, called on stakeholders to contribute to a safer robust learning and teaching in spite the challenges.

    He called for an increase access to learning at home and as well as strengthen synergy between government and Civil Society Organisations in providing quality and inclusive

    learning for students in basic and secondary education.


    Edited By: Benson Iziama (NAN)

  •  The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All CSACEFA has called on the Federal Ministry of Education to organise online training courses for teachers to improve on their knowledge during this lockdown The group made this call in a statement signed by Mr Kabiru Aliyu the National Moderator CSACEFA on Wednesday in Abuja According to him the lockdown period should be judiciously used to restore the education system as well as encourage teachers development He added that the landmark progress achieved so far in the fight against the pandemic could only be credited to the level of literacy and education among Nigerians Aliyu however noted that more was needed to be done to enhance the literacy level of Nigerians so that the pandemic would be defeated on time We are very much concerned about what will happen after now especially in recovering our economy and restoring our education system Now that we are still battling with the coronavirus it is important that we begin to think of what should be done after now This is a good opportunity for us to begin putting necessary infrastructures in place for our students especially basic and secondary education We call on the Federal Ministry of Education and other departments and agencies to put together online training courses for teachers development This is the right time to continue to develop our teachers We must encourage our teachers to take online courses to improve on their knowledge while we await the end of the pandemic Government authorities at local state and national levels should intensify their efforts as the landmark made in the fight against COVID 19 so far was due to the level of literacy and education among Nigerians Aliyu also lauded the efforts of the Presidential Task Force team for its daily press briefing adding that the briefings had checked the spread of fake news He also appreciated the support of the various civil society organisations non governmental organisations as well as private individuals who had distributed palliatives to Nigerians The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CSACEFA is a coalition of over 600 civil society organisations CSOs working on education issues in Nigeria Edited By Abiodun Esan Yemi Idris Aduloju NAN
    COVID-19: CSO calls for online training courses for teachers
     The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All CSACEFA has called on the Federal Ministry of Education to organise online training courses for teachers to improve on their knowledge during this lockdown The group made this call in a statement signed by Mr Kabiru Aliyu the National Moderator CSACEFA on Wednesday in Abuja According to him the lockdown period should be judiciously used to restore the education system as well as encourage teachers development He added that the landmark progress achieved so far in the fight against the pandemic could only be credited to the level of literacy and education among Nigerians Aliyu however noted that more was needed to be done to enhance the literacy level of Nigerians so that the pandemic would be defeated on time We are very much concerned about what will happen after now especially in recovering our economy and restoring our education system Now that we are still battling with the coronavirus it is important that we begin to think of what should be done after now This is a good opportunity for us to begin putting necessary infrastructures in place for our students especially basic and secondary education We call on the Federal Ministry of Education and other departments and agencies to put together online training courses for teachers development This is the right time to continue to develop our teachers We must encourage our teachers to take online courses to improve on their knowledge while we await the end of the pandemic Government authorities at local state and national levels should intensify their efforts as the landmark made in the fight against COVID 19 so far was due to the level of literacy and education among Nigerians Aliyu also lauded the efforts of the Presidential Task Force team for its daily press briefing adding that the briefings had checked the spread of fake news He also appreciated the support of the various civil society organisations non governmental organisations as well as private individuals who had distributed palliatives to Nigerians The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CSACEFA is a coalition of over 600 civil society organisations CSOs working on education issues in Nigeria Edited By Abiodun Esan Yemi Idris Aduloju NAN
    COVID-19: CSO calls for online training courses for teachers
    Metro3 years ago

    COVID-19: CSO calls for online training courses for teachers

    The Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA), has called on the Federal Ministry of Education to organise online training courses for teachers to improve on their knowledge during this lockdown.

    The group made this call in a statement signed by Mr Kabiru Aliyu, the National Moderator, CSACEFA on Wednesday in Abuja.

    According to him, the lockdown period should be judiciously used to restore the education system as well as encourage teachers’ development.

    He added that the landmark progress achieved so far in the fight against the pandemic could only be credited to the level of literacy and education among Nigerians.

    Aliyu, however, noted that more was needed to be done to enhance the literacy level of Nigerians so that the pandemic would be defeated on time.

    “We are very much concerned about what will happen after now, especially in recovering our economy and restoring our education system.

    “Now that we are still battling with the coronavirus, it is important that we begin to think of what should be done after now.

    “This is a good opportunity for us to begin putting necessary infrastructures in place for our students, especially basic and secondary education.

    “We call on the Federal Ministry of Education and other departments and agencies to put together, online training courses for teachers’ development.

    “This is the right time to continue to develop our teachers. We must encourage our teachers to take online courses to improve on their knowledge while we await the end of the pandemic.

    “Government authorities at local, state and national levels should intensify their efforts, as the landmark made in the fight against COVID-19 so far was due to the level of literacy and education among Nigerians.

    Aliyu also lauded the efforts of the Presidential Task Force team for its daily press briefing, adding that the briefings had checked the spread of fake news.

    He also appreciated the support of the various civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations as well as private individuals, who had distributed palliatives to Nigerians.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports  that CSACEFA is a coalition of over 600 civil society organisations (CSOs) working on education issues in Nigeria.


    Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

  •  The Minister of State for Education Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has called on civil society organisations to be accurate when giving out data on out of school children in the country Nwajiuba made the call while declaring open the 2020 National Education Conference organised by the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All CSACEFA on Monday in Abuja The two day conference is organised in collaboration with the Nigeria Partnership for Education Project NIPEP and the World Bank The conference has as theme Strengthening Advocacy For Partnership Engagements Reforms and Monitoring A Panacea for Sustainable Inclusive and Quality Education For All Nwajiuba said that it was important for the civil society organisations to support the federal government efforts at providing education for all This conference is an amalgamation of over 600 civil society organisations and what i want from you at the end of this conference is to confirm to me the accurate number of out of school children I know that we can not have 13 2 million out of school children in the 774 local government areas if each of those local governments does not have a minimum of 10 000 children roaming around So there would be a crisis if that number of children is roaming about so where is that figure coming from I expect you to confirm the number of public and private primary and secondary schools we have in every local government so we can start from there I know you can do this for us as we need partnership to get these children back to school he said Earlier in his welcome address Mallam Kabiru Aliyu National Moderator CSACEFA said the conference was aimed at advocating and partnering for quality and inclusive education for all Aliyu who was represented by Mr Godwin Arua Zonal Coordinator South East added that lack of partnership leading to unhealthy competition among others was one of the challenges hampering education in the country It is a common axiom amongst us that education is the key to national development and economic empowerment And we all cannot agree less that education in Nigeria needs urgent attention in all spheres and at every level whether formal or non formal sector For us at CSACEFA we have continually asked ourselves what could be the cause of these and we have discovered that lack of partnership leading to unhealthy competition Weak or even the lack of social accountability mechanism for knowledge sharing and even when such exited CSOs and even government hold back information All these makes monitoring of policies programs and projects difficult if not impossible he said NAN reports that the conference had participants drawn from the 36 states and the FCT representatives from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning World Bank Diplomatic corps development partners among others Edited By sadiya Hamza NAN
    Out of School Children: Minister tasks CSOs on accurate data
     The Minister of State for Education Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has called on civil society organisations to be accurate when giving out data on out of school children in the country Nwajiuba made the call while declaring open the 2020 National Education Conference organised by the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All CSACEFA on Monday in Abuja The two day conference is organised in collaboration with the Nigeria Partnership for Education Project NIPEP and the World Bank The conference has as theme Strengthening Advocacy For Partnership Engagements Reforms and Monitoring A Panacea for Sustainable Inclusive and Quality Education For All Nwajiuba said that it was important for the civil society organisations to support the federal government efforts at providing education for all This conference is an amalgamation of over 600 civil society organisations and what i want from you at the end of this conference is to confirm to me the accurate number of out of school children I know that we can not have 13 2 million out of school children in the 774 local government areas if each of those local governments does not have a minimum of 10 000 children roaming around So there would be a crisis if that number of children is roaming about so where is that figure coming from I expect you to confirm the number of public and private primary and secondary schools we have in every local government so we can start from there I know you can do this for us as we need partnership to get these children back to school he said Earlier in his welcome address Mallam Kabiru Aliyu National Moderator CSACEFA said the conference was aimed at advocating and partnering for quality and inclusive education for all Aliyu who was represented by Mr Godwin Arua Zonal Coordinator South East added that lack of partnership leading to unhealthy competition among others was one of the challenges hampering education in the country It is a common axiom amongst us that education is the key to national development and economic empowerment And we all cannot agree less that education in Nigeria needs urgent attention in all spheres and at every level whether formal or non formal sector For us at CSACEFA we have continually asked ourselves what could be the cause of these and we have discovered that lack of partnership leading to unhealthy competition Weak or even the lack of social accountability mechanism for knowledge sharing and even when such exited CSOs and even government hold back information All these makes monitoring of policies programs and projects difficult if not impossible he said NAN reports that the conference had participants drawn from the 36 states and the FCT representatives from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning World Bank Diplomatic corps development partners among others Edited By sadiya Hamza NAN
    Out of School Children: Minister tasks CSOs on accurate data
    Metro3 years ago

    Out of School Children: Minister tasks CSOs on accurate data

    The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has called on civil society organisations to be accurate when giving out data on out of school children in the country.

    Nwajiuba made the call while declaring open the 2020 National Education Conference, organised by the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA), on Monday in Abuja.

    The two-day conference is organised in collaboration with the Nigeria Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP) and the World Bank.

    The conference has as theme ‘Strengthening Advocacy For Partnership, Engagements, Reforms and Monitoring : A Panacea for Sustainable, Inclusive and Quality Education For All.”

    Nwajiuba said that it was important for the civil society organisations to support the federal government efforts at providing education for all.

    “This conference is an amalgamation of over 600 civil society organisations and what i want from you at the end of this conference is to confirm to me the accurate number of out of school children.

    “I know that we can not have 13.2 million out of school children in the 774 local government areas if each of those local governments does not have a minimum of 10,000 children roaming around.

    “So there would be a crisis, if that number of children is roaming about, so where is that figure coming from.

    “I expect you to confirm the number of public and private primary and secondary schools we have in every local government, so we can start from there.

    “I know you can do this for us as we need partnership to get these children back to school,” he said.

    Earlier in his welcome address, Mallam Kabiru Aliyu, National Moderator, CSACEFA, said the conference was aimed at advocating and partnering for quality and inclusive education for all.

    Aliyu, who was represented by Mr Godwin Arua, Zonal Coordinator, South East, added that lack of partnership leading to unhealthy competition among others was one of the challenges hampering education in the country.

    “It is a common axiom amongst us that education is the key to national development and economic empowerment.

    “And we all cannot agree less that education in Nigeria needs urgent attention, in all spheres and at every level, whether formal or non formal sector.

    “For us at CSACEFA, we have continually asked ourselves what could be the cause of these and we have discovered that lack of partnership leading to unhealthy competition.

    “Weak or even the lack of social accountability mechanism for knowledge sharing and even when such exited, CSOs and even government hold back information.

    “All these makes monitoring of policies, programs and projects difficult if not impossible,” he said.

    NAN reports that the conference had participants drawn from the 36 states and the FCT, representatives from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, World Bank, Diplomatic corps, development partners among others.


    Edited By: sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

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