Sept. 20 (THEWILL) – Nigeria has called on the global community for collaborative partnerships that build a framework of ideas and enable it to position learners at the heart of its national efforts to transform schools.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the call on Monday during Nigeria’s statement at the Transforming Education Summit (Leaders’ Roundtable), held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Buhari said, “In transforming education, we must not erect borders. Where they exist, we must eliminate them, because we have much to learn from each other.
“As we know, improving equitable and inclusive access to quality educational opportunities is essential to ensure the full development of our societies.
“No country can develop beyond the capacity of its education system,” he said.
President Buhari reminded world leaders that it would be difficult to have a meaningful conversation about transforming national education systems without transforming the teaching profession.
Accordingly, he said Nigeria called for more deliberations on efforts to develop innovations and research on teacher education and teacher professional development.
“The process of building a sustainable teacher supply chain to address the challenges of teacher shortage is important and calls for global action.
“Nigeria also wishes to reiterate the need for all Member States and stakeholders to address systemic and structural issues that impede access to quality education.
“Only when we do that can we create a world that is truly fit for all, and where no one is left behind,” he said, adding that the use of information technology as an educational tool promises to transform and erase the boundaries of learning and redesign the way learning occurs inside and outside the classroom.
Buhari expressed optimism that bridging the digital divide will present Nigeria with opportunities to expand learning and transform the education system, even as we build a knowledge ecosystem and a truly resilient society.
“Nigeria is rebuilding trust with its people, to provide a safe learning environment and responsive services.
That’s why we were among the first to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), while developing a national policy on safe and secure schools.
“Nigeria also hosted the 4th International Conference on Safe Schools Declaration in partnership with the African Union, Norway, Spain, Argentina and the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack ( GCPEA) in 2021,” he said.
He said the implementation of the SSD has provided an avenue to address school safety in a broader context that now includes gender-based violence and the protection of girls from dangers that contribute to insecurity and poverty. violence.
“While this is a step forward in promoting girls’ well-being and ensuring they stay in school and learn, there are still many reasons to cover.”
Furthermore, Buhari said Nigeria has also demonstrated its commitment to boosting learning outcomes and accelerating skills development by implementing cash transfer programs.
He said the Nigerian government has also earmarked special statutory funds for universal basic education and special programs, prioritizing scaling up play-based early childhood education, as well as basic literacy and numeracy programs.
“I am pleased to announce Nigeria’s participation in the Education System Analysis Program (PASEC 2024), complementing ongoing efforts to institutionalize national and school assessment. This requires significant investment in schools and teacher training.
“This has informed Nigeria to launch a new National Teaching Policy to address the career path, remuneration and general welfare of our teachers.
“We are now prioritizing the full implementation of the Professional Education Standards and Teacher Qualifications Framework while improving their recruitment, deployment and management.
“We will give schools the resources to truly transform teaching and learning, because we understand that efforts to improve the quality of education provision and learning outcomes are underpinned by the understanding that learners, teachers and school leaders are the main actors in education reforms,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently on strike over the government’s failure to meet its demands, which border on funding higher education institutions and revising teachers’ salaries and allowances. .