Education is perhaps the most essential tool for our personal development. It is only through education that you can develop your future and contribute towards the development of society. Thus governments, along with individuals, communities, corporations and charitable institutions, should work towards the development of education. By increasing investment in education, we can guide our children to become world leaders in the future. But many developing nations, like Nigeria, are currently under the grasp of illiteracy which is hampering the social and economic development of the country. However, Nigeria is taking several steps to counter the situation and make education accessible to all children.
Educational Development in Nigeria
Recently in the 20th Nigeria Economic Summit, Vice President Namadi Sambo has requested collaborators and stakeholders to join the national government in dealing with challenges in education. The stakeholders offered various solutions for transforming Nigeria’s education sector at the summit conducted by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the National Planning Commission. Sambo believes that this transformation can be possible only through the combined efforts of the Government, the private sector, the leadership of the States, development partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and even parents.
The federal administration is focussed on modifying the education sector as it is a major factor in positioning Nigeria among the 20 leading global economies by 2020.
Vice President Sambo said, “Several policy initiatives are being implemented to facilitate and improve adult literacy and school enrolment at all levels of our educational institutions. We intend to develop a skilled workforce which will be able to drive the development of the Nigerian economy, drive change and innovation and ensure that Nigeria attains her rightful place in the comity of nations. This is consistent with our aspiration of becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by year 2020.”
Collaboration of Stakeholders
It is important that different parties co-operate and collaborate with each other. Thus teachers, education experts, business community members and the private sector should engage in productive dialogue in order to make sure that the strategic plan is implemented effectively. A well developed education system is the foundation of a modern nation as it helps to create a culture of learning and improves acceptance of modern ideas. This helps the people of a country to develop various skills, gain relevant knowledge and adopt values which help them to reach their true potential.
Frank Nweke, director-general of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, said “The Nigerian education sector is in dire straits and requires both public and private sector intervention, if the country is to fulfil its potential as not only a regional powerhouse, but as a global player.”
Future of Nigeria’s Education
Nigeria is now getting set to address the challenges of the education sector and reach the standards followed in other developed nations. In 2011, the Presidential Task force on Education was launched which marked the first prominent step in achieving the goals of improving the sector. Vice President Namadi Sambo indicated that the private sector is ready and willing to facilitate the government at various levels in order to re-position the national education system.
If the education system of a country is faltering then national development and growth becomes doubtful. Thus the federal government is now determined to facilitate the extensive reforms that will be needed to re-position the country in the world map.
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