The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike.The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr. Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process.He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school.“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers.“It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight.“This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike, nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing.“The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose.” Even when the strike would have been called off, so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit.“So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration,” he said.Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses, prostitution, and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge.He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities.and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits.He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education, issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts – ASUU.He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike.” We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability.” For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” Also, the SUG president of the university of Jos, Mr. Danladi Adankala, recalled an incident that happened to a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom.” In LAUTECH yesterday, a 500-level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered.” She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike, she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom.” This is one of the many we know.Students can also be killed during a protest, so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school,” he said.In the same vein, the SUG President, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS, funds for therevitalization of public universities.Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, among others.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has trained 100 teachers in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom on entrepreneurship development education.
The Director General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, declared open the capacity-building workshop for entrepreneurship tagged National School Entrepreneurship programme (N-SEP), under its Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme in Uyo. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was to equip the teachers with adequate business skills to enable them to translate the ideas to their students and pupils.
Fasanya said that through the programme, the teachers would be able to awaken the business consciousness of the students and d pupils by inculcating in them the culture of entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
“The Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of our students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation.
“The programme is to provide access to functional and hands-on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria.
“The programme will stimulate and facilitate the culture of entrepreneurship and community service in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria, with the view to assisting students in exhibiting creativity and innovation,” he said.
According to him, the national school entrepreneurship programme is to prepare the pupils and students for the 4th industrial revolution.
“There is a paradigm shift in today’s education.
It is no more ‘go to school, get good grades and get a good job.
’ “It is ‘go to school, get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss, start your business,” Fasanya added.
The director general said that under the programme, the agency had trained 3,000 teachers in 29 states of the federation from 2017 to date, adding that the remaining seven states would be covered before the end of 2022. In her opening remarks, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, said that entrepreneurship was indispensable for a nation to succeed in an ever-changing and more competitive global market.
Etiebet, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Rose Bassey, said that the inclusion of entrepreneurial education in school curriculum would boost the standard of education.
She said it would also provide students with the knowledge needed for learning and acquiring skills to become self-employed.
“The knowledge so gained would be transferred to our children in schools and encourage them to acquire skills which transform them to entrepreneurs,” Etiebet said.
She said that the state ministry of education was proud to be associated with SMEDAN on the timely and welcomed innovation.
The commissioner said the knowledge and experience so gained by the participants would enable them to become positive change agents in society.
Etiebet urged the participants to embrace the programme, exhibit a high level of discipline and concentrate throughout the training period to become good ambassadors of their schools.
In his goodwill message, Mr Ime Edoho, Chairman, Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) Akwa Ibom chapter, commended SMEDAN for being serious about entrepreneurship development and MSMEs in the country.
A participant, Mr Ubongabasi Ikpe, said the training would equipped them to create enterprise from teaching English Language, Mathematics and other subjects.
NAN reports that the training which drew participants across primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District will last for three days.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige on Tuesday said voluntary conciliation was adopted to ensure quick resolution of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Ngige made this known at a three-day capacity building workshop on International Labour Standards and Dispute Resolution in Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
The workshop is organised by the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The minister said that voluntary conciliation was adopted instead of arbitration in order not to delay the resolution process with the striking lecturers.
“I could have transmitted the matter to the IAP or the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).
“But I used my discretion to weigh the situation to know if it would cause more delay in the resolution of the dispute in a court process, ‘’ he said.
The minister, however, recalled that ASUU had embarked on strike on Feb. 14 and voluntary conciliation started on Feb. 22 and subsequently, on March 1. According to him, by the second meeting, most of the issues arising from the 2020 Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed between ASUU and the Ministry of Education with other government agencies involved were conciliated leaving out only two.
“The two outstanding issues were the conditions of service, which according to the 2009 Agreement would be reviewed every four years.
“The last review was in 2013 and we started the review in 2018 under Wale Babalakin (SAN) as the chairman of the renegotiation committee.
We could not conclude because Babalakin left.
“A new committee headed by Munzali came.
Munzali finished his work and put in his report at the Federal Ministry of Education,’’he said.
He noted that all the committees including the previous Onosode committee were all internal committees of the Ministry of Education.
He said that they discussed with the unions and gave them offers and counter offers vis-a-vis what they wanted.
“Once the committees finished, their products are sent up.
“The major issue here is salary and wage review.
That is where they are before ASUU embarked on strike,’’ he said.
Ngige said that once a strike occured, it triggered the content of the Trade Dispute Act (TDA) on how to resolve the industrial action.
He said the ministry of education was still handling the matter and it was transmitted back to them.
“If a party wants us to transmit a matter back to them to have a second look, you assist them.
That is what you call voluntary conciliation.
“ It is voluntary because if I apprehend and bring all the parties to the negotiation table and a party requests that I should take the matter to NICN, I will do so,’’he said.
Ngige also described the workshop as one of the reforms ongoing in his ministry as some arbitrators had not fully understood the tenets of the panel of IAP and were handicapped in discharging their duties.
He described arbitration as one of the statutory stages in trade dispute resolution commencing with internal mechanisms.
“In addition to the workshop billed to reform the way and manner of discharging the statutory function of the IAP.
“The labour laws have been worked on by tripartite body, comprising the government, employers and workers representatives.
“This is in the form of the two federations of trade unions to take on board on the new developments in labour legislations and fill in identified anomalies and lacunae in our current labour laws,’’ he said.
He added that the bills were at the stage of proceeding to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for further necessary action before going to the National Assembly for consideration.
Ngige said the passage of the bills would be the new dawn of labour administration in the country.
Chief Registrar of IAP, Abduhamid Ibrahim said the purpose of the workshop was to provide unique opportunity for members of IAP and its management staff.
“They will acquire sound knowledge and experience in modern skills regarding labour disputes prevention and resolution in line with international labour standards,” he said.
ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Vanessa Phala, called for investment in studies and researches to quantify what should be the impact of social dialogue and collective.
bargaining in the development processes.
She also called for the development of indicators and parameters to measure social and industrial relations and how their governance impacts productivity.
“If we invest in these domains, I am sure we shall stand and win the battle against poverty and misery,’’ she said.
A coconut farmer, Chief Sanjaav Tandon, has called on the Federal Government to utilise the huge potential in coconut value chain to earn more foreign exchange for the country.
Tandon told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos that Nigeria has all it takes to become a big producer of coconut in Africa and the World.
He said that Nigeria has very fertile land, markets and huge human resources needed in the sector.
According to him, Nigeria’s land is very good for coconut plantation and up till now, Nigeria has not utilised the resources properly.
Coconut can be planted in more than 22 states but no commitment on the part of the government.
“I have been living in Nigeria for 25 years now; basically, I am from India and I have my coconut farm back there.
“In India, coconut is a very sacred fruit; you have to pray to the coconut just as much importance is placed on Kolanut in Nigeria.
Indian places a lot of value on coconut.
“Coconut is a very important plant; it has a lot of tremendous scope of business.
Government should place more importance on it because the land is fertile, the business opportunities are there.
Tandon said that it is only for the country to grow, process and export coconut, thereby the country’s GDP would grow.
“Nigerian government should see from that angle that coconut is a tree of life.
Your standard and growth will depend on how many coconut trees you plant in your farm.
“The more coconut trees in your farm, the bigger and richer you are and the more , the export opportunities are available to your country.
“You can have a minimum of 400 trees to 500 trees on your plantation.
Farmers can even go as high as 1,000 trees to 10,000 trees.
Coconut farming is a great business; Nigerians need to tap into it and benefit from it.
It is a long-term-business plan,” he said.
Tandon, a former Assistant Governor, Rotary Club of Eko Atlantic, Lagos, also urged the government to create more awareness to improve its production saying that the demand for the crop continues to increase globally.
“Coconut has tremendous uses right from the coconut water, the coconut oil, chips, flakes, nuts, coconut paste and even the husk used for producing carpets, doormats and brushes.
“Nigeria’s land is very good for the coconut plantation and up till now Nigeria has not utilised the resources properly.
“If you start the coconut business, the whole world is looking for coconut water and coconut oil which Nigeria can produce.
He said that as Nigeria’s economy is going through a very tough time with the exchange rate of the dollar going for over N600.00 with a prediction that it may reach N700.00, Nigeria should have a rethink.
“If you have your coconut plantation and you export them, you will earn foreign exchange.
You are sure that revenue is coming to you only and your future survival based on this coconut business for years to coming is assured.
“Through coconut alone, Nigeria can generate billions of dollars yearly if properly harnessed,” he said.
Tandon urged the government to adopt coconut for aesthetic use on road side and beautification of gardens and parks as it was being done in other developed countries.
“Aesthetic value is another area the government needs to look at.
Anybody coming to your country will see the beauty of coconut and know that you are a coconut-producing state.
They will see how beautiful your country is.
“Nigeria should consider coconut as a future revenue source and the Lagos State Government is doing wonderfully well in this area and I hope they will be very successful in the rehabilitation of the value chain,’’ he said.
He urged the Ministry of Education in Lagos State to include coconut education in its curriculum to attract youths to the sector.
The Lagos State Ministry of Education has lauded Mrs Agnes Elusakin, Principal of Community Junior Secondary School, Ikorodu, who was conferred the National Productivity Order of Merit Award.The award was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 19th edition of the National Productivity Day (NPD) which took place on Thursday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, who expressed joy over the feat recorded by the state, said that Elusakin had done the state proud for setting a standard at National Level.“Mrs Elusakin has been a committed, resilient and dedicated teacher whose significant contribution to the success of students under her tutelage remains indelible.“The award was a pointer to the fact that dedication and commitment to the teaching profession does not go unnoticed,” she said in a statement on Sunday issued by Mr Ganiu Lawal, Asst. Director, Public Affairs Unit, Ministry of Education.The statement noted that the award, which according to the President Buhari, is designed to stimulate productivity consciousness, reward innovation, dedication and hard work.Adefisayo described the development as a memorable feat and ascribed the success of the award to Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s education transformation agenda backed with massive investment in capacity building and welfare of teachers in the state.“The governor has earlier rewarded the duo of Mrs Elusakin and late Pius Ikuseyidunmi with two and three bedroom apartments respectively in 2021 for emerging Y2019 Outstanding Teacher and Best School Administrator in Nigeria.“He has been deliberate and purposeful through the annual Teachers Merit Award by appreciating and celebrating teachers efforts in raising the younger generation of Nigerians.“The governor rewarded teachers and school administrators across various categories with 13 cars in Y2021 and the process for the 2022 edition is almost concluded,” she added.The commissioner commended Mrs Elusakin and several other teachers in her category for their dedication, diligence and contributing their quota to improving the standard of education in the State.According to her, the governor’s intervention has empowered teachers in the state with consequent enhancement of quality education delivery to the students.Adefisayo recalled that the performance of students of the state at the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, which recorded 79 per cent pass rate, was an indication that the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu could be adjudged successful in raising the standard of education in Lagos State’’She reiterated that the state government would not relent in its commitment toward providing quality education as well as regular training, capacity building and welfare of teachers.This is so that they could be equipped with the requisite skills for optimal performance in line with international best practices.Also, the over joyous Elusakin, also a former teacher, lauded the government for recognising her achievement, particularly for recommending her for the national award.She commended Gov. Sanwo-Olu for having teachers at his heart and providing them with an enabling environment to be the best.(NAN)
By Deborah CokerNo fewer than 206 teachers from Edo and Delta has commenced the second edition of the NPDC/Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC joint venture teachers empowerment programme, known as STEP.
Dr Chioma Nwachukwu, Director, External Affairs and Sustainability, SEPLAT, in her remarks at the formal inauguration of the programme in Benin, said that the benefitting teachers include 200 teachers and six Chief Inspectors of Education (CIEs).
Represented by Mrs Esther Icha, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Seplat, Nwachukwu disclosed that the process for the selection of the benefiting teachers commenced with an online test.
She explained that 874 teachers registered from all schools across Edo and Delta, adding that at the end of the test, 200 teachers and six CIEs were selected.
She also disclosed that the beneficiaries were drawn from 28 schools each from both states.
She added that the strategy for selection include five teachers each representing every public schools and two from private schools.
She noted that the programme had commenced with a three days workshop in Benin.
She noted that the workshop was designed to empower teachers in a way to enable them get access to the Seplat Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) app.
She further said that the workshop was centred on leadership development training, as well as entrepreneurship.
She noted that education had gone beyond just sitting in the class and given concept.
“They are now going to apply learning and demonstration, and that is why the STEM training is very critical in nation building.
“Teachers will be trained on modern learning techniques, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and the lesson notes,” she said.
Nwachukwu added that the training was expected to end after three months with an award of certificates to successful teachers February 2022.
She further said that Seplat expects teachers who have gone through the training to set up a STEM club in their various schools.
“STEM club will usher in an exhibition where the use of STEM to proffer solution to world problems will be showcased”, she said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Stellamaris Imasuen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, in Edo, said that the Seplat mandate was inline with the Edo Government vision for education in the state.
Represented by Mrs Odegua Kushe, Executive Director, Science Vocational and Technical Education, Imasuen commended the company for their commitment, dedication and hard work in the pursuit to provide and sustain quality education and teaching in Edo and Delta.
“Through your STEP initiative you have no doubt deepened and sustained more outstanding standard of quality education in edo.
“The impact of the training, which you started last year, is evident in the increase of students participation in science and technology competitions at both local and international levels”, she said.
Similarly, Mrs Rose Ezewu, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Delta commended the petroleum company for collaborating with government to build capacity of teachers to be equipped with modern techniques for improved classroom experiences.
Ezewu, who was represented by Mrs Ufuoma Oduma, Director of School services, noted that over the years teaching and learning in the country had suffered huge setbacks in the face of modern technology.
“But with intervention from company like Seplat in collaboration with government, a new era of nourishing classroom experiences has been ushered in.
“We appreciate the intervention of your organisation on the STEP programme on STEM”.
In the same vane, Mr Alli Zahra, Managing Director, NPDC, represented by Mr Bassey Bassey, noted that the purpose and impact of teachers in Nation building could not be overemphasised.
Some of the beneficiaries noted that the training would be an opportunity for them to change the narrative in their daily activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 143 teachers comprising of 100 teachers and 43 CIEs had benefited from the first edition which held in 2020.
This community-driven school will be fully assisted by the state Ministry of Education and its partnersJUBA, South Sudan, August 24, 2021/APO Group/ --
UN peacekeepers in Torit in Eastern Equatoria State have handed over three new classrooms to the community of Enyif. They are bound to make a huge difference.
“Our children, especially the young ones, can’t go to Torit during the rainy season, when the river Kinete sometimes overflows. As a result, they have missed out on a lot of schooling, but not anymore,” said Ikoki Ester, a content women’s representative living in the area.
The block of classrooms built for the nursery and primary school is one of the peacekeeping mission’s Quick Impact Projects, initiatives aimed at quickly and inexpensively improving the living conditions of communities in need. The new structure, worth 50,000 USD, was built by Child Mentor Africa, a national organisation.
Some 200 keen learners from villages in the Ifwotu payam (administrative division) are set to benefit from the new facilities, with the communities hoping to add a few more classrooms in future.
“This community-driven school will be fully assisted by the state Ministry of Education and its partners. You will be provided with textbooks and incentives for the teaching staff,” affirmed Oliha Gabriel, the Director General of the ministry.
On his part, Anthony Nwapa, Acting Head of the peacekeeping mission’s field office in Torit, stressed the importance of education for everyone, both towns and in rural areas.
“We will not fail you. We will continue to work with you to help develop communities in South Sudan,” he said.
Since 2012, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has financed 26 Quick Impact Projects in Eastern Equatoria State. Previous initiatives include water sanitation facilities, courts, medical centres, police posts and water pipelines.
By Millicent IfeanyichukwuLagos, Aug. 12, 2021 (NAN) Ability to assemble and built a robot help students to identify problems within the environment, stimulates critical thinking to challenges and think out-of-the-box for immediate and technology based solution, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Commissioner of Lagos State Ministry of Education has said.This was contained in a statement by Mr Ganiu Lawal, Assistance Director, Public Affairs of the ministry on Thursday in Lagos.It said that the grand finale of the Y2021 Lagos State Finals Robotics held at NECA House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday had Ojo Senior High School, Ojo, as overall champion beating Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School, Ajegunle, Apapa.According to the statement, Ajeromi Ifelodun Senior High School, Ajegunle and Epe Senior Grammar School, Epe came 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.According to the statement, Igbo Owu Junior Secondary School, Mushin, Oriwu Junior Model College, Ikorodu, and Lagos State Junior Model College, Igbookuta clinched the first, second and third positions respectively in the junior category.The statement quoted Adefisayo, as saying that Robotics is an initiative of the State Government poised towards promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education in Lagos Schools.Adefisayo noted that Robotics was keenly contested in public schools, added that over the years students through this platform have represented the state at national and international competitions.She expressed delight at the level of creativity exhibited in the Robotics by the students from schools across the state that participated in the competition.” I sincerely appreciate the enormous creativity displayed by the students especially how the students made robots perform specific tasks.” With the performance and various presentations of our students, I can attest that the future is assured and exceedingly great for them.” Adefisayo said.According to her, ” as a government, we have provided a conducive atmosphere for our students and will not relent in fulfilling our mandate of ensuring our children are 21st century inclined.”It added that the Commissioner congratulated the participants, noting that everyone is a winner and no students should feel bad for not emerging the overall best.“We are indeed proud of you as you have all displayed exceptional qualities in this year’s edition”. She declared.Also Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, in her remark attributed the various initiatives and programmes under the education sector to the Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.Adelaja noted that the efforts of Gov. Sanwo-Olu in integrating education with technology through the THEMES Agenda was consistently improve the standard of the sector in the state.She emphasised that the vision of the Governor has no doubt prepared the students for a greater future as they can now compete favourably at global levels.Meanwhile, Mrs. Grace Akinfoyewa, Director, Science and Technology highlighted that Y2021 Robotics State Finals started with keenly contested competition among over one hundred schools.Akinfoyewa added that Robotics involved intra and inter districts preliminaries which later produced 24 schools to battle at the grand finale.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the six school that made the final list in the junior and senior categories will represent the state at the national finals in Abuja. (NAN)
By Millicent IfeanyichukwuLagos, Aug. 9, 2021 (NAN) The Lagos State Government's investment in the provision of total education has continuously enhanced the proliferation of smart, multi-skilled, exceptional, and gifted students in public schools.This is contained in a statement on Monday in Lagos by Mr. Ganiu Lawal, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education.It stated that the extraordinary choral music talent of Schools from the six education districts across the state and on display attest to the abundant raw endowment of the students.“Lagos State public Schools are noted for high number of gifted and exceptional students not only in academics but also in entertainment and other co-curricular activities,” it stated.The statement quoted Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education, as saying at the presentation of the Y2021 Festival of Choral and Classical Music held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, that she was impressed with performances.It added that the festival of Choral and Classical Music initiatives by Adefisayo was a platform to showcase our multi-talented students to the world to further encourage, stimulate and motivate them to be professionals in the world of arts and music.” I am joyful that among the participating students from different schools, great and extraordinary talents have been discovered and the State is indeed proud of them,” Adefisayo said.She emphasized the importance of music and art skills as a veritable source of income for youths across the world. “I enjoyed hearing them sing and we are indeed proud of the fact that we have such great talents in our schools and encourage them to follow their passion and be determined to succeed.”The commissioner also advised the students to be resilient, passion-driven and standout in various aspects of their academics as the State Government will continue to invest massively in providing a conducive environment for teaching and learning.Meanwhile, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, revealed that the Ministry has initiated various programmes aimed at engaging the students in the last two years.Adelaja noted that this avenue has also given the education sector an insight on how to assist the students to be better professionals in their discovered talents.She therefore urged parents to encourage the children rather than condemn them at an early stage, adding that with their performance on stage during the preliminaries, the future is bright for them.According to her, efforts would be intensified by the State Government to assist them to excel.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that presentations of trophies and gift items were made to the overall winners at district level and various soloists.Also in the Choral presentation, Education District IV emerged first, ahead of Districts III and VI to second and third positions respectively.While Ogundele Oladotun of Lagos State Junior Model College, Agbowa, represented District III and emerged overall best soloist and stage performer, beating Ikechukwu Denzel of Ikeja Junior Grammar School (District VI), and Uche Chisom, representative of District I from District Junior College, Agege, to second and third places. Also Education District IV emerged best in school Choral and Classical Music Competition.The event also had special performances by the Lagos State School Choral and Orchestra, students from C.M.S Grammar School, SUBEB Choir, and Mr. Adeniyi Olaewe (Niyi Sax). (NAN)
By Ifeanyi Nwoko
The Generation Unlimited initiative, a program promoted by the United Nations in partnership with Nigeria, will help ensure continued education even in the event of a pandemic.
The country's representative, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Peter Hawkins said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Hawkins said a major pillar of the Generation Unlimited program is digitizing learning for young people.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the project is a UNICEF initiative to reach 1.8 billion young people, with 20 million Nigerian young people also being targeted.
Hawkins noted that educational disruptions similar to those seen in 2020 could be avoided by using digital means to educate young people.
“Whether we have a pandemic or not, learning should be an ongoing function inside and outside the classroom, with and without technology.
“The disruption in education is what happened in 2020, and possibly what will happen in 2022 if the pandemic is not over.
“There is what is called the learning passport, which the Ministry of Education is going to be the pioneer of. Microsoft has developed all of these packages that will become available for free on the platform so that people can take these courses and get recognition for it.
"All of these things are an integral part of efforts to intensify and develop lifelong learning for young people so that they can acquire skills, literacy, numeracy, negotiation skills and life skills," he said. -he declares.
He said that a major pillar in the development of Nigeria's 20 million young people will be digitization and technology.
According to him, the idea is to better equip young people in the use of various digital platforms for learning and employability.
“What we're saying is that with a skill that young people can offer and a skill that is necessary for everything we do, it's digital skills.
“They can break through the technical barriers that some of us feel and become a driving force to expose technology in the workplace and in learning,” he said.
He commended Nigeria for responding effectively, especially through radio and other digital communication mechanisms at the height of the pandemic. (NAA)