Stakeholders Gather In Abuja To Proffer Ways If Boosting Investment In Education

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Stakeholders drawn from all sectors of the Nigerian economy, converged in Abuja on Thursday, to brianstorm on effective ways investment in education can be strengthened to deliver the right impact.

The gathering was spurred by what they termed, a serious educational crisis plaguing the country, where it was alleged that one in five of the world’s out of school children is a Nigerian, with less than 8 percent of government spending going to education.

The roundtable which was organised by Bëtá Nigeria Campaign (BN), equally highlighted that children aren’t learning much, because three in four ten year olds can’t read a simple sentence or solve a basic math problem.

The well attended event however led participants to observe that all Nigerians have critical roles to play, especially the political class which have to deliver greater commitment to education reform by investing more.

They tasked politicians to priortise wider access to quality learning materials and providing better support for teachers.

To raise the bar in education, parents were urged to engage with schools more often, advocate for better resources and create a supportive learning environment at home to enhance children’s educational achievement.

They equally suggested that government officials and school leaders must enhance teacher support and access to learning materials by implementing policies that support educators.

The stakeholders were unanimous in their decision that civil society and media organisations should in a collaborative effort amplify the demand for education reform as a critical investment in Nigeria’s future stability and prosperity.

“Our dynamic, youthful population is full of potential,” emphasised the group’s declaration developed during the roundtables, “but the crisis in our education system means millions face a bleak future. When all of Nigeria’s children are going to school, staying in school and learning more, we will build a more resilient, more secure, more prosperous country.”

The declaration further emphasised that achieving this transformation requires empowering future generations to become productive citizens.

This sentiment was stressed by Bëtá Nigeria Campaign members, stating, “It’s a shared responsibility – politicians, educators, parents, and everyone who support them.”

As highlighted by Abdulsalam Badamasi, Bëtá Nigeria’s Federal Lead, at the final roundtable in Abuja, “this collaborative declaration would no doubt culminate in better prospects for our educational system.

The roundtables were praised for their inclusivity. Lois Auta, a person with disability and Executive Director of the Cedarseed Foundation, commended Bëtá Nigeria’s deliberate effort to include people with disabilities, highlighting the movement’s commitment to extend its reach beyond traditional advocacy spaces.

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