The Hope -Jon International School located in Karu in the Nasarawa State has been selected as the first institute by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the campaign of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) in Nigeria. The concept of the campaign is “Education Solution, Education First Initiative-Embracing SDG-4.’’
The SDG is set of target adopted by the nations to eradicate poverty, prosperity for all and to secure the planet. These goals were adopted dated 25th September 2015 and every set purpose has the particular aim which is supposed to obtain in coming 15 years.
Many are in the opinion that the SDG4 campaign will boost the efforts to enhance the education facilities and quality in Nigeria. Despite of measures were undertaken by the government, 10.4 million Nigerian children are still out of schools. World has total 57 million children who are out of school. And from the figure it’s evident that Nigeria has reason to worry.
Educationalists fear that this might result in the widening of the gap of accessing education between the rich and poor peoples in the Nigerian society. Lack of education will lead to unemployment. And this might disrupt the socio-economic balance of Nigeria.
But how will this 10.4 million children will receive education? Does Nigeria have a sufficient number of schools to accommodate huge number of students? There are several other questions that might give administrators sleepless night. Most of the schools in Nigeria have been overfull with students. Besides, there is lack of modern education facilities including an insufficient number of trained teachers.
The Way Out
Nigerian Government has to take steps for building new schools. And just constructing schools should not be the only thing. This time, schools should be availed with all the modern facilities, technologies, computer systems and others.
To initiate this programme, the government should collaborate with all the stakeholders of the education system in the country. And if required the should opt for public-private partnership model to fund the programme.
Poverty is one major reason that force families to send their children to earn money rather than earning knowledge in the classroom. The government should ensure that families send their children to school for their future.
Though many families might claim if their child will not earn than how their family would run. For such families government should initiate the online education programme. Here, the children will be provided with device and internet access and this would be restricted to learning purpose only.
SDG4 in Nigeria
Director of Professional Education at UNESCO Centre for Global Education (UNESCOCFORGE), UK, Mrs Caroline Oseghale said, “It is a project of UNESCOCFORGE and Pan-African Youth Parliament (IPAYP).We chose the school to kick off the campaign; we are creating awareness; this is the first school we are having this in Nigeria. We are going to do a lot of advocacy to make sure other schools follow.”
According to Education Solution’s Campaign Director Obinna Sixtus, SDG placed high premium on quality and free education for boys and girls. He further added, “We suggest that culture should be in our education curriculum; it is culture that will bind us together not politics.”
The SDG4 is designed to drive the system to achieve the real purpose. With support coming from different channels, the government should capitalise the assistance. This possibly is the best scope when Nigerian administrators can seek collaboration for digitisation and enhancement of education in the country. Besides, the school selected for the SDG4 Campaign should also come to forefront assisting the government to formulate the design where students will engage in real learning.
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