Stakeholders tasked with empowering out-of-school children

The Association of Early Childhood Education Professionals (ACEP) has called on stakeholders to promote educational programs that reduce the number of children out of school in the country.

ACEP National President Hajia Islamiat Olaitan Oshodi made this call in Maryland, Lagos, saying that ACEP focuses on child development, child rights and the eradication of all factors that inhibit child growth and development. Nigerian.

Oshodi also advised parents to empower their children and monitor their children’s friends, phones and lifestyles.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Foremost Education Services Limited, Prof. Michael Uduogie Ivowi, said that recent statistics show that 262 million children and young people are out of school, while 750 million adults are illiterate.

He said it was a herculean task to reverse this trend, saying that they feed poverty, marginalization, lawlessness and insecurity in the country.

He reiterated: “Education is a human right, it is a force for sustainable development and it is a necessary requirement for peace. Today, we see what is causing the lack of education in the northern part of Nigeria.”

Speaking further, the National Coordinator, CSCSD, Dr. Tolu Winjobi, said that for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4) to be successful, political will is required, a collaboration of global and regional governments, society civil, private sector, youth development. partners and agencies.

He added that all groups would need to address educational challenges and build an education system that is inclusive, equitable and relevant to all learners.

In his message, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos in education around the world.

He noted that some 1.6 billion school and university students had their studies interrupted at the peak of the pandemic, which is not yet over.

He said: “Today, school closures continue to affect the lives of more than 31 million students, exacerbating a global learning crisis. Unless we take action, the proportion of children who drop out of school in developing countries who cannot read could rise from 53 to 70 percent. The turbulence in education goes beyond issues of access and family inequality.”

He said that conventional education systems are struggling to provide the knowledge, skills and values, but we need to create a greener, better and safer future for all.

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