Quality education remains a matter of urgency in Nigeria as most children who succeed in attending primary schools do not receive the necessary knowledge.
Raising the urgent need for quality learning in the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund country representative in Nigeria, Christian Monduit, warned that policy makers at the national level should step up their support for the education system.
Referring to a recent study, Munduate said a third of the 1.6 million children recently enrolled through its project had good educational achievement.
Three-quarters of that number still have significant gaps in comprehension of what they are reading or learning, fluency or even basic arithmetic operations.
The solution to closing this gap, she says, is for policymakers to expand the capacity of teachers and raise awareness in communities of the importance of education.
Addressing the media at the conclusion of the UNICEF Girls’ Education Project, GEP3 in Abuja, Munduate warned that quality learning must remain a priority for the government at the national level.
“If you have a child who goes to school, especially a girl, it brings wellness and hope to the family, and it will prevent early marriage or teenage pregnancy leading to complications.
We no longer want to see girls raising children and raising children when they themselves are just children. Our plan is for the girls to develop according to their age.
“Practices that take girls out of school should never be tolerated because we cause girls to suffer, make them adults before they are adults,” Monduit said.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nana, in his remarks at the GEP3 closing ceremony, said the federal government plans to explore other opportunities to ensure universal and equitable access to quality and functional education, especially for girls.
The Girls’ Education Project is designed to increase girls’ school enrolment, ensure survival through completion of basic school and emphasize the value of the girl child’s education to enhance her worth in the larger society.
Quality learning remains urgent in Nigeria – UNICEF