The Nigerian Education Research and Development Council has presented the Accelerated Basic Education Curriculum to the ministry of Education and calls for wide spread adoption.
The council made this request in a courtesy visit the Honorable Minister of education on the Accelerated Basic Education Program held in Abuja on Thursday 29th April 2021.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba stated that the program would help to address the of out-of –school problem in Nigeria , and promised to engage every concerned agencies both at state and federal level for the full implementation the program.
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Babboyi stated that the high and increasing number of out of school children is a key challenge which Nigeria has to address, adding that this program will help Nigeria to address the challenge.
He stressed the need for each zone in the country to accept and quickly implement the accelerated basic education program
Laban Onisimus, European Union Consortium in education lead plan observed that Nigeria has over thirteen million out of school children being the highest in the world.
According to him, the program will take care such children , with age consideration as the basis for enrollment.
He added that in Borno State where the pilot program ha began has about fifty-four learning centers with over two hundred teachers and over eight thousand students already enrolled into the program.
The Accelerated Basic Education program was developed by the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council, a program anchored and directed by European Union to carter for the out -of -school children globally.
Meanwhile , ActionAid Nigeria is expressing concern over poor funding of education in Nigeria.
ActionAid says the poor funding limits quality free quality education to the poor.
Country Director of ActionAid, Ene Obi who was speaking at a one day national dialoguebon education financing in Abuja said Nigerian government only spends five point six-eight percent of the annual budget on education which is lower than the globally agreed fifteen –to- Twenty percent.
Obi added that the implication of the poor not having access to education is insecurity and other social challenges.
She therefore called on the government to make proper investment in public school so that every child will have equal access to education.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Sen Ahmed Babba Kaita who was represented by Mustapha said that the Senate committee on TETFUND is working to improve the standard of the tertiary education in the country.
The committee therefore vowed to ensure legislation that will rejuvenate the dwindling infrastructure, poor learning and teaching conditions in the Nigerian Universities.
Dr. Murtala Muhammed who represented UNICEF at the event highlight various ways to close the gap between the rich and the poor in having access to equal educations.
According to him, the ways include having a crisis and emergency response plan, good and evidence based budgeting system, structure that merge and evaluate results and impacts and having partnership with the private sectors in financing education sector.
Both the Accelerated Basic Education Program and the national dialogue in education financing are moves by stakeholders to resolve some of the challenges confronting education sector.