The Federal Government has begun the development of a ten-year education plan under the Nigeria – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Plan of Cooperation.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu , who made this known in Abuja during the launch of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report for 2017 /2018, said the country had successfully aligned its 10 Pillars of the Ministerial Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019 to the Sustainable Development Goal four(SDG 4) targets .
According to the minister, efforts were currently in top gear to bridge the gender gap in enrollment, retention and completion by addressing the problem of girl-child education and meeting the challenges of inadequacy and low teacher quality.
The minister commended UNESCO and other donor partners for their massive supports to the Nigerian education sector and said that the annual report has become a good platform for self-evaluation by countries and opportunity to identify gaps for possible remediation.
On his part, the Director, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja Mr. Ydo Yao, who said the global launch of the Report was performed in Brazil last year, called on the Federal Government to strengthen access to education.
“Government must ensure that the right to education is enforceable through adequate public awareness of the right to education, legal support from civil society organisations and action to complement right protection for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups,” he said.
“Everyone has a role to play in improving education and it starts with having clear lines of responsibility, knowing when and where those lines are broken and what action is required in response,” he added.
The GEM Report which monitors progress towards the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals highlights the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education.
It warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality and damaging learning.
The report further demonstrates that blaming teachers for poor test scores and absenteeism is unjust and unconstructive. It says that people cannot be held accountable for outcomes that depend on the actions of others.